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Mowbray pleased to make progress

West Brom boss Tony Mowbray
Mowbray is confident about West Brom's chances at Wembley

West Brom boss Tony Mowbray admitted his side's FA Cup quarter-final victory over Bristol Rovers was closer than the 5-1 scoreline suggests.

Mowbray said: "Ultimately it was comfortable, but it never felt like that when I was sitting on the bench.

"We went 2-0 up and I was delighted, but they pulled one back. The next goal was huge - thankfully we got it.

"Now we are going to Wembley and have no reason to fear the other teams left in it. Everyone will be thinking that."

The Baggies join two other Championship sides, Barnsley and Cardiff City, in the last four along with Portsmouth, the only Premier League survivors.

"Pompey have some fantastic international players of great quality, power and size," Mowbray added.

"We have got to respect them but they have had some tough games against Championship teams in the Cup this season and hopefully, if we draw them, they would have a tough game against us."

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Mowbray was quick to salute his hat-trick hero Ishmael Miller for the goals that sank the Pirates and feels his side's goal power means they should not be under-estimated.

"Ishmael, Kevin Phillips and Roman Bednar are all in double figures this season," he explained.

"They are all scoring goals regularly and sometimes that can be the difference - you are only as good as your strikers.

"It has been an unbelievable weekend in the FA Cup but we will put it out of our minds very quickly.

"We have got some huge games coming up in the Championship and our ultimate goal is to reach the Premier League, so we will go back to work on Monday."

The other quarter-final results raised the level of expectation because the underdogs came through but it was not to be for us

Bristol Rovers first-team coach Paul Trollope

Rovers first-team coach Paul Trollope admitted the Baggies' strikers were too hot for his side to handle after seeing their remarkable Cup run brought to an end.

"We felt the scoreline was a little bit harsh on us," Trollope said.

"I am very proud of my players. We had some good spells in the game and missed a few chances but they had a little bit too much for us in the forward areas.

"We had done fantastically well to get this far though and there is no way we can get too disappointed.

"The other quarter-final results raised the level of expectation because the underdogs came through, but it was not to be for us.

"West Brom are a good side - in my opinion they are heading for the Premier League - it was a good Cup tie and we wish them well for the semi-finals."

Trollope also wants his side to quickly return their focus to league matters.

"Now we have got a lot of games in hand in League One and we have our eye on the top half of the table," he said. "We can not afford to let this affect us."


see also
Bristol Rovers 1-5 West Brom
09 Mar 08 |  FA Cup
Sunday's football photos
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09 Mar 08 |  Football


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