Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: Back on Track; Baggies Determined to Get Results

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: Back on Track; Baggies Determined to Get Results

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BORO legend Tony Mowbray insists there will be no need for "Churchillian speeches" as he looks to put West Brom's promotion bandwagon back on immediate track at Blackpool tonight.

The Baggies missed out on a first FA Cup final appearance for 40 years as they were beaten 1-0 by Portsmouth in Saturday's first semi-final.

Attention now returns to the club's main priority of escaping the Coca-Cola Championship and Baggies boss Mowbray admits there is little time to dwell on the excitement and ultimate disappointment of Wembley.

Mowbray's fifth-placed side travel to Bloomfield Road with a chance of moving into the top two with a victory.

And the former Boro skipper has stressed he is relishing the early chance to get the Baggies' Premier League bid rolling again.

"If you can't rebound from disappointment in football you shouldn't be in it because no-one wins every match," he said.

"There is always another game and you have to be ready for it.

"The players are fully aware of the programme ahead of them and have a determination to try and get results.

"They don't need any Churchillian speeches from me.

"They need to know what's in front of them and they'll hopefully get ready for that.

"We've got a mixture of youth and experience and a foreign element.

"Collectively, they all know what the targets and goals are for this year and, if I'm honest, at the start of the season we weren't talking about being in the FA Cup final.

"We were talking about getting out of this league and that has never changed."

The Seasiders have only lost three of their 20 league games at home so far this term and the game is the first of four crucial games in 11 days as the Baggies face a hectic finish to the campaign.

Mowbray believes the fixture list has been ill-conceived but admits his side just have to roll up their sleeves and get on with it as they aim for the top flight. …

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