West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Mowbray is not exactly a "tinkerman" but admits he is not averse to making changes when it comes to picking the first team XI he feels is right for the given opponents of the week.

And while he realises his rotation system may not be hugely popular with all of his players he hopes they will understand the reasoning behind his plans as he strives to find the winning formula this season.

Albion take on the unknown entity of Scunthorpe United today - a side they have never met in the league and Mowbray intends to pick the team he thinks will help him get his side's elusive first away win on the road .

Mowbray said: "Every game there will be a few players disappointed when the team is named.

"But I think that players understand the rotation system and they are fine with it as long as you are consistent with your decisions and explain what you are doing to them.

"It makes sense that the teams with the biggest squads and the best quality are the teams that do best.

"Decent teams generally start well and are in the top six in the first half of the season but by Christmas, once injuries and suspensions kick in, if they don't have a decent sized squad, they fall apart.

"I am not purposefully rotating the squad but I am picking players to win matches. There are of course certain players who will play every game while there are others who will play in a certain type of game.

"It is one of the luxuries we have now with this squad that we are able to rotate things about and rest some players and play others."

Mowbray continued: "As a manager you are always wrong if your team gets beaten whether you have changed the side or not.

"People will always ask why you changed the team when you decide to switch things around but I feel as long as you make decisions for the good of the team and the benefit of the squad and to try and win matches then that is fine.

"I am not trying to upset the applecart or unbalance the equilibrium in the dressing room.

"I want the team to be successful, this squad to be successful and all the players to under-stand about training hard and pushing hard for a place."

Mowbray made several changes in the game against Bristol City in mid-week which Albion drew 1-1 and further changes are expected this weekend.

Filipe Teixeira, who was rested for the journey to Bristol City, may start in midfield today while fans will have to wait and see whether midweek man of the match Richard Chaplow has done enough to keep his place.

Striker Ishmael Miller is desperate to start but may have to settle for a place on the bench with Craig Beattie possibly partnering striker Kevin Phillips up front.