Baggies give Mowbray a winning start

TONY MOWBRAY spelt out his delight at marking his first match as West Brom manager with victory over Wolves in the Black Country derby and then challenged his players “let’s keep this going”.

The Baggies moved to within one point of second-placed Preston in the Coca-Cola Championship thanks to goals from Jonathan Greening, Diomansy Kamara and John Hartson.

They have now won four successive matches since the end of the Bryan Robson era.

Mowbray said: “I’ve been around the place for a week or so and I know what they are capable of.

“Wolves started a bit brighter in the first five minutes but, for the rest of the first half, we played with a lot of purpose and desire and quality, created chances and got our noses in front.

“We talked at half-time about how to protect the lead and how precarious a 2-0 lead can be in football. We dropped off a bit in the second half and allowed them too much of the ball.

“But we’ve won the game 3-0 and I’m delighted for the players and the fans. Local pride is important, it’s important you win derbies and I am pleased with the outcome.

“All derbies have got their own bit of magic. It is quite a sight when you see the ground bouncing up and down like that at 2-0 and 3-0.

“We have Arsenal in the Carling Cup on Tuesday and another derby at Birmingham on Saturday and it keeps rolling on – but you want to be involved in big games.”

WEST BROM: Zuberbuhler, Albrechtsen, Curtis Davies, Perry, Robinson, Gera (Watson 86), Koumas (Chaplow 74), Quashie, Greening, Ellington (Hartson 66), Kamara.

WOLVES: Murray, Edwards (Little 83), Breen, Craddock, Clapham, Ricketts, Henry, Potter (Craig Davies 72), Olofinjana, Bothroyd, Johnson (Clarke 63).

Referee: H Webb (S Yorkshire).

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