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Mowbray refuses to budge on style


Mowbray promises to keep playing football

West Brom manager Tony Mowbray promised his side will stick to their passing principles even if it means the Baggies will be relegated to the Championship.

"Some people judge you on results, I judge teams on the way they play," said Mowbray after his bottom-of-the-table side lost 2-0 away at Everton.

"I want to keep our stadium full and people wanting to come and watch us.

"I know what is right, and if you get relegated, take it on the chin. We will play exactly the same next season."

we were expected to be in the relegation zone and we are.

West Brom manager Tony Mowbray
West Brom have won only two of their last 11 games, and are four points away from fourth-from-bottom Middlesbrough.

"I've been asked if we are up for the fight," added Mowbray. "But you will never see a scraping, spitting, fighting, muscular team from me. You will see a team that passes and moves.

"Lack of fight? What does that mean. Is it how many fouls you give away?

"I'm more concerned about whether a striker can hit the target and how good we are on the ball. Those are the things we work at on the training ground."

But Mowbray did concede his side needed to find a succession of victories if they are to avoid relegation, a pattern of results that so far has been beyond West Brom this season.


"We have to get some sort of form now, maybe winning four or five," said Mowbray.

"It will be difficult against teams like Arsenal on Tuesday, but we have Stoke and Bolton at home back-to-back and they are the games we have to win.

"We must get belief and confidence. But we were expected to be in the relegation zone and we are."

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