Former Villa manager John Gregory may not be having the easiest time at the helm at Queens Park Rangers and now Albion's players are vowing to make life a whole lot worse for the beleaguered boss.

Albion striker Craig Beattie is promising supporters that the Baggies will use Sunday's lunchtime encounter with Rangers to bounce back after the disappointment of their 4-2 drubbing at the hands of Cardiff City in the Carling Cup in midweek.

The Scottish International says Albion know the game will be tough but hope it will be just the spur the players need to get over their early cup exit.

Beattie said: "QPR is a massive game and I hope they take the brunt of our midweek defeat by Cardiff City in the cup.

"There is a togetherness and spirit among our group that nobody is going to break this year and we are working hard and striving to get better.

"That spirit came through last weekend when we beat Scunthorpe 3-2 in the Championship but sadly it was missing in midweek.

"But we did well at Glanford Park after going behind to a penalty that we felt was an injustice.

"All these things are part and parcel of the game and we just had to get on with it."

The former Celtic star added: "There is a great belief in the squad at the moment.

"Glanford Park is not a place where people relish going so it was a great result and I think if you look at the draw we got away at Bristol City as well then four points from two tough away games is commendable.

"There are a lot of teams that will struggle to come away from those two fixtures with two points."

Beattie said it was now up to the players to prove they had what it takes under manager Tony Mowbray to try to secure promotion to the Premiership this season.

He said: "We can take great confidence from those results and the first away win last week will ease the pressure and doubt in people's minds.

"We were missing something against the Bluebirds in the cup game. I started on the wing and in a strange kind of way I enjoyed it.

"But unfortunately we conceded four goals which was down to a mixture of poor concentration from us and good finishing from Cardiff City.

"It all happened very, very quickly and I don't think you will see that happen again this year. We are every bit as disappointed as the fans and whoever the manager picks on Sunday - it is up to them to bounce back and put things right."