TONY Mowbray says defeat at Wigan Athletic last Saturday left him deflated but the West Bromwich Albion manager believes his side still has confidence that their bad run will end soon.
Albion were the better team at the JJB and created several fantastic chances but their inability to take their opportunities and two sloppy mistakes which were punished condemned them to a seventh defeat in eight games.
Even Wigan manager Steve Bruce said rock-bottom Albion had been ‘mugged’ but Mowbray feels their luck will change soon if they continue that level of performance.
“We have done pretty well in the last two games but we have no points which is a huge disappointment and there is a deflated feeling about that,” Mowbray said.
“The confidence and belief that we are doing the right things is still there and we have to keep plugging away. Hopefully it will turn for us. I don’t like talking about luck because you have to make your own luck really. We probably put enough into the game to create our own luck yet it didn’t come our way.
“We have to get back on to our feet and get ready to go again on Sunday against Portsmouth.”
Mowbray said the players remained committed to their open style of football and that doubts were not creeping into the camp because of their poor run.
“I don’t think there is a lack of confidence or belief in the way we play,” Mowbray added. “I think Saturday showed that. Recently there have been people questioning us, the way we play, and asking if this and that is right.
"Yet we go to Wigan and create many chances and maybe should have won the game comfortably.
“The chances came and went. I suppose there is a vindication in that it has nothing to do with the way we play whether we win or lose matches at the moment. It has nothing to do with how we pass the ball because we are still creating chances. If those chances had been dispatched we would have won the game. We still had the ability to win the match. It was just a lack of concentration in our defensive box and the lack of quality to stick the ball in the net.”
Albion are four points from safety but Mowbray said his side could draw encouragement from a succession of clubs that had found themselves in trouble at this stage of the season but had avoided relegation. “There’s lots of clubs who have been in our position and ended up doing okay,” he said. “I was only talking to Dean Kiely recently about when he stayed up with Portsmouth.
“If we were a hopeless team that didn’t look like scoring and were getting battered every week we’d be sitting here thinking ‘we just haven’t got enough quality, we’re really struggling here’. But I don’t think that’s the case.
“I couldn’t see Wigan scoring and we gifted them two goals, two headed back passes that didn’t really go anywhere. Generally the defensive side of things has been good over the past couple of weeks. We have been solid, disciplined and organised. We have cut down the opportunities for the opposition to score. The problem is we are not taking the chances we create and we have to improve on that. It’s about sticking the ball in the net at one end and keeping our concentration at the other.”