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Posted on 28 December 2008  - 12:00

Tony Mowbray underlined the importance of his West Brom side winning tight games at The Hawthorns after they did just that against us on Sunday.

Opposition view

Tony Mowbray underlined the importance of his West Brom side winning tight games at The Hawthorns after they did just that against us on Sunday.

In a scrappy affair, neither side really got on top as we battled with 10 men for the best part of an hour following Benoit Assou-Ekotto's sending off in the first half.

In the end it took a controversial goal to break the deadlock with just seven minutes remaining - Roman Bednar clearly shoved Michael Dawson as he headed home Marek Cech's cross.

Then, as we pushed forward in numbers looking for an equaliser, the Baggies took advantage with the second goal on the break in injury time, Craig Beattie completing the scoring.

"I could talk about the Everton and Villa games here earlier in the season when we could have won easily but lost," reflected Mowbray. "At this moment we've won two tight home games (they beat City last week) instead of losing two tight home games.

"In the second half of the season we need to make sure we continue to win tight games, particularly the ones at home against the teams around us.

"If it had stayed 0-0 we'd have accepted it and moved on.

"It's Tottenham we were playing and there has been many a team throughout history that has lost against 10 men, especially playing against the quality they possess.

"Thankfully, it wasn't one of those days and we scored two goals."