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West Brom relish Premier battle

Tony Mowbray celebrates with his West Brom players
Tony Mowbray celebrates with his West Brom players

Manager Tony Mowbray says West Brom will continue to play attractive football in the Premier League even though it will be a battle.

The Baggies were promoted as champions of the Championship after beating Queens Park Rangers 2-0 and Mowbray said they had deserved the success.

"There's a great debate in football about whether it's all about winning or all about entertaining.

"There's got to be a balance and we've got that balance right."

He praised his players for a fantastic effort but was under no illusions how difficult facing the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool will be.

"This is a proud moment," he added.

"When you think back to when we lost to Burnley on the opening day, we've come a long way and made a lot of progress.

"Credit to the players who've won more games and scored more goals than anyone and rightly ended up champions.

"Hopefully we will have a good shot at it at the next level.

"You do need to adjust in the Premier League. There are better players there and you need to have a gameplan, but we'll still go out to try to win matches.

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"There will be times when we play against better teams, but there are also times when we can surprise teams and put them onto the back foot."

The West Brom boss also revealed he wants to start talks with out-of-contract pair Zoltan Gera and Kevin Phillips.




see also
QPR 0-2 West Brom
04 May 08 |  Championship
Championship photos
04 May 08 |  Football


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