Mowbray - We still believe

11 April 2009 07:18
Tony Mowbray claims West Brom still believe they can stay up despite drawing 2-2 draw at Portsmouth. Niko Kranjcar's free-kick denied the Baggies victory at Fratton Park, keeping them rock bottom in the Premier League, seven points adrift of safety with six games remaining. "We've been here for a long time. We need to win at Manchester City and get on with it," said Mowbray "The fans deserve a team that is playing for them right until the death and I think they are getting that. "The desire and the commitment of the players is clearly still there." Younes Kaboul fired Pompey ahead in the 33rd minute with a brilliant individual goal but spirited West Brom hit back after the interval. Skipper Jonathan Greening equalised before Chris Brunt converted a free-kick that took a heavy deflection off Graham Dorrans, who has claimed the goal. But just three minutes later Pompey, who sunk into their shells alarmingly after the interval, salvaged a point through man of the match Kranjcar. "I'd have liked us to have stayed in front a bit longer, that would have made it an interesting test for Portsmouth," said Mowbray. "The atmosphere inside Fratton Park forces Portsmouth forward and the way the match unfolded we could have picked some holes in them as they over-committed in search of the equaliser. "This has been the story of our season. We give ourselves chances to win matches yet invariably end up losing them, although today we drew one. "Invariably we're playing against teams with proven internationals and in general we have an inexperienced team." Mowbray confirmed that Dorrans had claimed West Brom's second. "The boys are saying in the dressing room that it hit Graham Dorrans on the backside - he has rather a large backside," he said. "Dorrans is claiming it and he ran away celebrating. I've got no problem with him claiming it."

Source: SKY_Sports