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EPL 04/12/2004 Portsmouth v West Brom

I would imagine that we will play a pretty much similar team to Man U unless Kanu is fit where we could revert back to a 4-4-2

assuming thats the case I would imagine

---------- Gera - Kanu
Sakiri - Greening - Johnson - Contra
Clement - Purse - Moore - Scimeca
------------- Hoult

Although its hard on Sakiri and Koumas is also back fit.

I would like to see

---------- Kanu - Earnshaw
Sakiri - Greening - Gera - Contra
Clement - Purse - Gaardsoe - Scimeca
------------- Hoult

Not sure how good the centre midfield would be at defending but its attacking

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Kanu boost for Baggies
ALBION have been handed a massive boost ahead of Saturday's trip to Portsmouth (ko 3pm) after Kanu was declared fit.


The Baggies striker has shaken off the groin injury that saw him miss his first Premiership game of the season against Manchester United at the weekend.


But Bryan Robson is still sweating on the availability of Darren Moore
(knee) and Cosmin Contra (groin) after they were forced off during the first half of last Saturday's 3-0 defeat to the Red Devils.


Both are rated at 50/50 for the visit to Fratton Park.

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0:15 Handball by Ricardo Fuller(Portsmouth). Free kick taken
right-footed by Russell Hoult(West Brom) from own half, resulting in open
play.
1:16 Shot by Jonathan Greening(West Brom) right-footed from left side
of penalty area (18 yards), missed right.
2:04 Cross by Nwankwo Kanu(West Brom), resulting in open play.
4:30 Foul by Ricardo Fuller(Portsmouth) on Darren Purse(West Brom).
Free kick taken right-footed by Russell Hoult(West Brom) from own half,
resulting in open play.
6:23 Foul by Andy Griffin(Portsmouth) on Zoltan Gera(West Brom). Free
kick taken left-footed by Neil Clement(West Brom) from left wing, resulting
in open play.
7:14 Ricardo Fuller(Portsmouth) caught offside. Free kick taken
right-footed by Russell Hoult(West Brom) from own half, resulting in open
play.
9:53 Cross by David Unsworth(Portsmouth), clearance by Riccardo
Scimeca(West Brom).
11:05 Cross by Steve Stone(Portsmouth), shot by David
Unsworth(Portsmouth) left-footed from left side of penalty area (6 yards),
save (caught) by Russell Hoult(West Brom).
11:13 Cross by Steve Stone(Portsmouth), save (caught) by Russell
Hoult(West Brom).
11:51 Foul by Darren Moore(West Brom) on Ricardo Fuller(Portsmouth).
Free kick taken right-footed by Andy Griffin(Portsmouth) from own half,
passed.
13:00 Shot by Nwankwo Kanu(West Brom) right-footed from left channel
(25 yards), blocked by Arjan De Zeeuw(Portsmouth).
13:13 Own goal by Dejan Stefanovic(Portsmouth) right-footed (top-left
of goal) from own half (6 yards).Portsmouth 0-1 West Brom.
14:50 Cross by Ricardo Fuller(Portsmouth), shot by David
Unsworth(Portsmouth) left-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards),
hit woodwork.
15:34 Shot by Nwankwo Kanu(West Brom) left-footed from left channel
(20 yards), save (caught) by Jamie Ashdown(Portsmouth).
18:02 Foul by Patrik Berger(Portsmouth) on Jonathan Greening(West
Brom). Free kick taken right-footed by Darren Purse(West Brom) from left
channel, passed.
18:49 Foul by Bernt Haas(West Brom) on Nigel Quashie(Portsmouth).
Free kick taken right-footed by Nigel Quashie(Portsmouth) from own half,
resulting in open play.
19:01 Cross by Andy Griffin(Portsmouth), clearance by Bernt Haas(West
Brom).
19:20 Foul by Arjan De Zeeuw(Portsmouth) on Nwankwo Kanu(West Brom).
Free kick taken right-footed by Andy Johnson(West Brom) from left channel,
passed.
19:50 Shot by Neil Clement(West Brom) left-footed from left channel
(20 yards), save (caught) by Jamie Ashdown(Portsmouth).
20:26 Cross by Andy Griffin(Portsmouth), clearance by Darren
Moore(West Brom).
23:17 Cross by David Unsworth(Portsmouth), save (caught) by Russell
Hoult(West Brom).
24:45 Cross by David Unsworth(Portsmouth), clearance by Darren
Purse(West Brom).
24:53 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by
Matthew Taylor(Portsmouth) to near post, clearance by Jonathan Greening(West
Brom).
25:25 Portsmouth substitution: David Unsworth replaced by Linvoy
Primus (injury). Attacking throw-in by Matthew Taylor(Portsmouth).
26:19 Cross by Steve Stone(Portsmouth), clearance by Darren
Purse(West Brom).
26:34 Foul by Steve Stone(Portsmouth) on Zoltan Gera(West Brom). Free
kick taken left-footed by Neil Clement(West Brom) from own half, passed.
27:07 Shot by Patrik Berger(Portsmouth) left-footed from left channel
(25 yards), missed left.
28:19 Shot by Robert Earnshaw(West Brom) right-footed from left
channel (25 yards), missed right.
29:40 Ricardo Fuller(Portsmouth) caught offside. Free kick taken
right-footed by Darren Purse(West Brom) from own half, resulting in open
play.
31:58 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Neil
Clement(West Brom) to near post, clearance by Patrik Berger(Portsmouth).
33:06 Foul by Bernt Haas(West Brom) on Matthew Taylor(Portsmouth).
Free kick taken left-footed by Dejan Stefanovic(Portsmouth) from own half,
resulting in open play.
34:04 Own goal by Darren Purse(West Brom) right-footed (bottom-left
of goal) from own half (6 yards).Portsmouth 1-1 West Brom.
35:09 Foul by Amdy Faye(Portsmouth) on Bernt Haas(West Brom). Free
kick taken right-footed by Jonathan Greening(West Brom) from right channel,
resulting in open play.
36:51 Foul by Steve Stone(Portsmouth) on Neil Clement(West Brom).
Free kick taken right-footed by Russell Hoult(West Brom) from own half,
resulting in open play.
39:29 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by
Steve Stone(Portsmouth) to centre, save (caught) by Russell Hoult(West
Brom).
40:22 Cross by Dejan Stefanovic(Portsmouth), clearance by Jonathan
Greening(West Brom).
40:32 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by
Steve Stone(Portsmouth) to centre, clearance by Neil Clement(West Brom).
42:16 Foul by Darren Moore(West Brom) on Ricardo Fuller(Portsmouth).
Darren Moore(West Brom) booked for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken
left-footed by Patrik Berger(Portsmouth) from right channel, passed.
43:18 Shot by Patrik Berger(Portsmouth) right-footed from right
channel (18 yards), missed right.
44:09 Foul by Darren Moore(West Brom) on Ricardo Fuller(Portsmouth).
Free kick taken left-footed by Patrik Berger(Portsmouth) from right channel,
resulting in open play.
44:32 Shot by Nigel Quashie(Portsmouth) right-footed from left
channel (20 yards), blocked by Riccardo Scimeca(West Brom).
44:43 Cross by Riccardo Scimeca(West Brom), header by Nwankwo
Kanu(West Brom) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), missed left.
45:00
(0:41) Goal by Robert Earnshaw(West Brom) right-footed (low centre of
goal) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards).Portsmouth 1-2 West Brom.
Assist (pass) by Riccardo Scimeca(West Brom) from right side of penalty
area.

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48:51 Cross by Zoltan Gera(West Brom), resulting in ball out of play.
49:37 Foul by Riccardo Scimeca(West Brom) on Matthew
Taylor(Portsmouth). Free kick taken left-footed by Dejan
Stefanovic(Portsmouth) from own half, passed.
50:42 Foul by Amdy Faye(Portsmouth) on Nwankwo Kanu(West Brom). Free
kick taken right-footed by Darren Purse(West Brom) from right wing,
resulting in open play.
51:33 Shot by Robert Earnshaw(West Brom) right-footed from left
channel (20 yards), missed right.
54:26 Shot by Dejan Stefanovic(Portsmouth) right-footed from left
side of penalty area (18 yards), save (caught) by Russell Hoult(West Brom).
54:37 Foul by Patrik Berger(Portsmouth) on Andy Johnson(West Brom).
Portsmouth substitution: Matthew Taylor replaced by Lomana Tresor LuaLua
(tactical). Free kick taken left-footed by Neil Clement(West Brom) from own
half, resulting in open play.
56:13 Shot by Zoltan Gera(West Brom) left-footed from left channel
(25 yards), missed right.
57:42 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by
Steve Stone(Portsmouth) to centre, clearance by Russell Hoult(West Brom).
58:21 Shot by Amdy Faye(Portsmouth) right-footed from centre of
penalty area (18 yards), save (caught) by Russell Hoult(West Brom).
61:17 Cross by Dejan Stefanovic(Portsmouth), resulting in open play.
61:26 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by
Patrik Berger(Portsmouth) to centre, resulting in open play.
62:14 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by
Patrik Berger(Portsmouth) to centre, header by Dejan Stefanovic(Portsmouth)
from centre of penalty area (6 yards), missed left.
63:55 Foul by Andy Johnson(West Brom) on Patrik Berger(Portsmouth).
Free kick taken left-footed by Patrik Berger(Portsmouth) from right channel
(20 yards), blocked by Jonathan Greening(West Brom).
64:17 Shot by Steve Stone(Portsmouth) left-footed from left side of
penalty area (18 yards), blocked by Darren Purse(West Brom).
64:22 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Steve
Stone(Portsmouth) to far post, resulting in open play.
65:12 Foul by Riccardo Scimeca(West Brom) on Steve Stone(Portsmouth).
West Brom substitution: Bernt Haas replaced by Thomas Gaardsoe (tactical).
Free kick taken left-footed by Nigel Quashie(Portsmouth) from left wing,
resulting in open play.
66:11 Foul by Neil Clement(West Brom) on Ricardo Fuller(Portsmouth).
Free kick taken left-footed by Dejan Stefanovic(Portsmouth) from own half,
resulting in open play.
67:46 Shot by Ricardo Fuller(Portsmouth) right-footed from right side
of penalty area (6 yards), save (caught) by Russell Hoult(West Brom).
68:10 Foul by Nwankwo Kanu(West Brom) on Amdy Faye(Portsmouth). Free
kick taken right-footed by Arjan De Zeeuw(Portsmouth) from own half, passed.
68:42 Cross by Steve Stone(Portsmouth), clearance by Riccardo
Scimeca(West Brom).
69:28 West Brom substitution: Zoltan Gera replaced by Artim Sakiri
(tactical).
70:03 Foul by Nwankwo Kanu(West Brom) on Linvoy Primus(Portsmouth).
Free kick taken right-footed by Arjan De Zeeuw(Portsmouth) from own half,
passed.
70:38 Cross by Andy Griffin(Portsmouth), clearance by Darren
Purse(West Brom).
70:51 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by
Patrik Berger(Portsmouth) to near post, clearance by Riccardo Scimeca(West
Brom).
71:18 Cross by Lomana Tresor LuaLua(Portsmouth), save (caught) by
Russell Hoult(West Brom).
72:18 Goal kick taken long by Russell Hoult(West Brom). Russell
Hoult(West Brom) booked for time wasting.
73:05 Cross by Jonathan Greening(West Brom), clearance by Arjan De
Zeeuw(Portsmouth).
73:19 Foul by Jonathan Greening(West Brom) on Patrik
Berger(Portsmouth). Free kick taken left-footed by Dejan
Stefanovic(Portsmouth) from own half, resulting in open play.
73:51 Foul by Lomana Tresor LuaLua(Portsmouth) on Neil Clement(West
Brom). Free kick taken left-footed by Neil Clement(West Brom) from own half,
resulting in open play.
76:55 West Brom substitution: Robert Earnshaw replaced by Rob Hulse
(injury). Defending throw-in by Andy Griffin(Portsmouth).
78:37 Foul by Nigel Quashie(Portsmouth) on Nwankwo Kanu(West Brom).
Free kick taken right-footed by Russell Hoult(West Brom) from own half,
resulting in open play.
79:55 Portsmouth substitution: Nigel Quashie replaced by Eyal
Berkovic (tactical).
81:06 Foul by Lomana Tresor LuaLua(Portsmouth) on Nwankwo Kanu(West
Brom). Free kick taken right-footed by Russell Hoult(West Brom) from own
half, resulting in open play.
81:48 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by
Jonathan Greening(West Brom) to centre, resulting in open play.
82:23 Lomana Tresor LuaLua(Portsmouth) caught offside. Free kick
taken right-footed by Russell Hoult(West Brom) from own half, resulting in
open play.
84:24 Foul by Darren Moore(West Brom) on Lomana Tresor
LuaLua(Portsmouth). Free kick taken right-footed by Eyal
Berkovic(Portsmouth) from right wing, resulting in open play.
84:53 Headed goal by Arjan De Zeeuw(Portsmouth) (bottom-right of
goal) from centre of penalty area (18 yards).Portsmouth 2-2 West Brom.
Assist (cross) by Eyal Berkovic(Portsmouth) from right wing.
87:19 Foul by Darren Moore(West Brom) on Ricardo Fuller(Portsmouth).
Free kick taken right-footed by Eyal Berkovic(Portsmouth) from right wing,
passed.
88:01 Shot by Steve Stone(Portsmouth) left-footed from left channel
(18 yards), blocked by Darren Purse(West Brom).
88:36 Goal by Lomana Tresor LuaLua(Portsmouth) left-footed (top-left
of goal) from left side of penalty area (6 yards).Portsmouth 3-2 West Brom.
Assist (cross) by Eyal Berkovic(Portsmouth) from left wing.
90:00
(0:18) Foul by Lomana Tresor LuaLua(Portsmouth) on Neil Clement(West
Brom). Free kick taken right-footed by Russell Hoult(West Brom) from own
half, resulting in open play.
90:00
(1:28) Inswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Artim
Sakiri(West Brom) to centre, header by Neil Clement(West Brom) from centre
of penalty area (6 yards), over the bar.
90:00
(3:29) Foul by Andy Griffin(Portsmouth) on Andy Johnson(West Brom).
Free kick taken right-footed by Jonathan Greening(West Brom) from left wing,
resulting in open play.


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Ours:
Goal Attempts 10, On Target 4, Crosses 4,
Corners 3, Offside 0, Fouls 14,
Free Kicks 17, Yellow cards 2,
Possession 40%.
Theirs:
Goal Attempts 14, On Target 10, Crosses 14,
Corners 8, Offside 3, Fouls 13,
Free Kicks 14, Yellow cards 0,
Possession 60%.

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Robson: It's not good enough

By Oliver Bhurrut

BRYAN Robson saw his Albion side throw away three points in the dying
minutes at Fratton Park to lose 3-2 and insisted: "We'll never have a better
chance of winning away this season."


Robert Earnshaw's strike seconds before the break gave Albion a 2-1
half-time lead after own goals from Dejan Stevanovic and Darren Purse in the
14th and 35th minutes respectively, as the Baggies looked like grabbing
their first victory on the road this campaign.


But the visitors let victory slip from their grasp as they allowed Arjen De
Zeeuw to level five minutes from time before Lomana LuaLua grabbed all the
spoils for Pompey in the 89th minute to leave Robson describing his side's
second-half display as "unacceptable".


"I'm disappointed and I've let the lads know what I think," said the
Hawthorns boss.


"We just didn't deal with the set play they scored the equaliser from
despite having loads of presence and good headers of the ball - and that
cost us dearly.


"I've had a go at the boys about that because they keep making excuses for
each other all the time and it's just not good enough.


"What I need to see is an improvement in the players' belief to keep the
ball.


"When we were 2-1 up there was a lot of space on that pitch where people
could have got on the ball and passed it a lot better.


"They didn't take that authority upon themselves and gave the ball away far
too cheaply to Portsmouth and that's what put pressure on us.


"That's not good enough and we have to improve it if we want to win
Premiership games.


"They'll never have a better opportunity to get an away win this season.


"We were 2-1 in front and we looked fine. But if you go to sleep in
Premiership games you'll get punished.


"As a group of players they should have had the belief they could go on and
win the game and they have to add that to their game between now and the end
of the season.


"It was their desire to keep the ball that disappointed me today and there
are players on that park who could have taken authority and shown a bit of
presence on there but I thought we hid which is not acceptable."

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Match Report
By Oliver Bhurrut


ALBION clawed defeat from the jaws of victory as they came within five
minutes of their first win under new boss Bryan Robson and their first away
victory of the season.


But super-sub Eyal Berkovic turned provider twice in the 85th and 89th
minutes to allow Arjan De Zeeuw and Lomana LuaLua to turn the match on its
head.


The Baggies were positive from the off and Pompey defender Dejan Stefanovic
handed them the perfect start as he fired into this own net in the 14th
minute.


Just when the visitors looked like getting on top, Darren Purse produced a
copycat own goal to level the scores ten minutes before the break.


But Robert Earnshaw popped up seconds before the half-time whistle to
restore the lead with his fifth goal in five games, only for his efforts to
prove in vain.


Albion carved out the first chance of the game within two minutes of
kick-off as Darren Moore, returning to his former club for the first time,
flicked on a Bernt Haas throw in to the box.


Jonathan Greening raced onto the ball on the edge of the penalty area and
sent his volley flying just past the left-hand post.


Darren Purse needed extensive treatment after landing awkwardly after an
aerial challenge with Ricardo Fuller in the eighth minute but was able to
continue.


Moments later a Patrik Berger cross saw Portsmouth appealing for a penalty
as Riccardo Scimeca tussled with Matthew Taylor and Haas, making his 50th
start for the Baggies, had to be alert to block David Unsworth's follow-up
drive.


But Bryan Robson's men continued their positive start and Neil Clement had
Steve Stone twisting and turning on the left side of the penalty area before
firing in a low near-post cross which Dejan Stefanovic turned into his own
net from close range.


Pompey almost replied immediately as Stone's right-wing cross found its way
to Unsworth on the edge of the penalty area and the former Villa man sent a
dipping volley thundering off the crossbar with Russell Hoult frantically
back-pedalling.


The hosts threatened again in the 26th minute and Albion needed Purse to
head the ball out for a corner at the back post from Unsworth's cross with
Fuller lurking behind him.


Seconds later Unsworth was taken off with an injury and was replaced by
Linvoy Primus, who slotted in alongside Arjan De Zeeuw with Stefanovic
moving to left-back.


Zoltan Gera then pressured Andy Griffin into conceding the ball to Robert
Earnshaw on the edge of the area and the pint-sized hitman unleashed a
curling shot just wide of the right-hand upright.


The Baggies looked comfortable at the back but they shot themselves in the
foot ten minutes before the break.


Stefanovic, the man who put through his own net at the other end, crossed
from the left and just when Hoult looked like gathering easily, Purse
stretched out a leg and flicked the ball into his own net to level the
scores with almost a carbon copy of the first goal.


But the Baggies went into the break 2-1 up after another defensive mix up in
the host's penalty area.


De Zeeuw headed back towards his own by-line when he had the chance to clear
and a lack of communication between Jamie Ashdown and Taylor saw the
Portsmouth midfielder head the ball to Scimeca.


And with Ashdown stranded out of his goal, the Albion right-back rolled the
ball across the six-yard box to give Earnshaw the simplest of tap-ins as he
recorded his fifth goal in five games.


Kanu produced the first effort of the second half as he spun De Zeeuw on the
edge of the area and fired a shot just over the angle of post and bar.


Berger ran at the Baggies defence in the 55th minute and just as he looked
like having a crack at goal he laid the ball off to Stefanovic whose low
drive was smothered by Hoult.


Pompey came close to equalising moments later when the ball dropped for Amdy
Faye in the box from a Stone corner but Andy Johnson managed to block the
Senegal international's 15-yard drive.


Robson made a change in the 67th minute as Thomas Gaardsoe came of for Haas
in the middle of the park to relieve some of the pressure on the visitor's
defence.


But it was Earnshaw who was threatening as he flicked the ball on and looked
odds on to beat Primus and Andy Griffin to the ball until Ashdown managed to
clear.


The action swiftly moved to the opposite end and Albion needed Hoult, back
on his old stomping ground, to save at his near post after Fuller had
out-muscled Clement and Moore to squeeze in a shot from a tight angle.


But the Baggies' No.1 who needed Purse to block Griffin's goal-bound effort
after the former Newcastle man had dinked the ball over him.


Kanu set Earnshaw free down the left in the 76th minute as he out-paced
Earnshaw but instead of squaring the ball to give Greening a simple chance,
he went alone and lost possession to De Zeeuw.


And Albion were left to rue that chance as substitute Eyal Berkovic rescued
a point for Portsmouth in the 85th minute as his free-kick gave skipper De
Zeeuw the chance to level.


Berkovic then turned the match on its head as he again turned provider with
a neat ball into the box for Lomana LuaLua to thump the ball home past the
stranded Hoult.


PORTSMOUTH (4-4-1-1): Ashdown; Griffin, Stefanovic; De Zeeuw, Unsworth
(Primus 26), Stone, Quashie (Berkovic 81), Faye, Taylor (LuaLua 56); Berger;
Fuller. Subs not used: Hislop (gk), Cisse.

ALBION (4-4-1-1): Hoult; Scimeca, Moore, Purse, Clement; Haas (Gaardsoe 67),
Johnson, Greening, Gera (Sakiri 70); Kanu; Earnshaw (Earnshaw 78). Subs not
used: Kuszczak (gk), Koumas.

BOOKINGS: ALBION - Moore (foul 43), Hoult (unsporting behaviour 74).

GOALS: PORTSMOUTH - Purse (og 35), De Zeeuw (85) LuaLua (89); ALBION -
Stefanovic (og 14), Earnshaw (45).

REFEREE: P Walton (Northampton).

ATTENDANCE: 20,110.

ALBION STARMAN: Neil Clement.

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Greening: We're gutted

By Oliver Bhurrut

JONATHAN Greening revealed the Albion dressing room was a scene of "devastation" after throwing away three precious Barclays Premiership points at Portsmouth on Saturday.


The Baggies scored twice thanks to a Dejan Stefanovic own goal and Robert Earnshaw's fifth strike in as many games but conceded the lead both times.


And two Pompey goals in the final five minutes denied Bryan Robson's men their first win on the road this season as they slumped to a 3-2 defeat.


"All the boys are absolutely devastated," said Greening.


"We were 2-1 up with five minutes to go and if we could have held out it would have been three great points.


"We conceded the second goal from a set play and with the big lads at the back we should be doing better than that.


"The gaffer said he wanted us to go for the third goal to kill the game off but we just couldn't get it.


"We should have got three points and everyone is really gutted.


"I spoke to Geoff Horsfield and Paul Robinson who were watching from the sidelines and they said there was a chance their winner was off-side.


"But sometimes you get those and other times you don't and today we didn't."


With other results going Albion's way over the weekend the Black Country club remain only three points off safety after 16 games.


And the Baggies midfielder is confident Robson's troops can bounce back against Charlton on Saturday.


"Getting three points today (Saturday) would have given us a great platform to get three points next week," Greening added.


"Also with the other teams not doing well it would have meant we could have played catch-up but it wasn't to be and we're really disappointed.


"Now we have to get back together and get the three points against Charlton.


"We can bounce back if we get a good week's training behind us and come out firing on all cylinders.


"If we just eliminate the mistakes and stop giving silly free-kicks away we'll be much better and stop leaking goals."

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Boss: It can't happen again
By Oliver Bhurrut


BRYAN Robson admitted a fatal final five minutes cost Albion three valuable points at Portsmouth on Saturday and warned: "We can't let it happen again."


The Baggies boss praised his players' effort but insisted their lack of self-belief cost them dearly at FrattonPark as he watched a 2-1 victory turn into a 3-2 defeat in the dying moments.


The result leaves the Black Country club rooted to the foot of the table after 16 games, three points off safety, and Robson has urged his men not to dwell on the loss as they prepare to entertain Charlton at the weekend.


"We haven't time to get this out of our system," he said.

"We need to get straight onto Chalrton Athletic because that is our next game and we have got to prepare starting from today (Monday).

"I still can't believe how we got beaten on Saturday. We gave shocking goals away, which we have got to cut out.

"In terms of the overall performance it's as good an away performance as you can get, especially in the first half.

"The results went perfectly for us at the weekend - that's why it's all the more annoying.

"We had it in our grasps and we can't rely on other people.

"We have to look at ourselves and make sure what happened on Saturday never happens again this season.

"The players have to demand more from each other. If they'd had the belief and desire they would have won it - not drawn it, but won it.

Robson, who has yet to win in his four-game reign, added: "Confidence is a big part of this game. If you are in a bad time, forget about the past. You can only do what you are doing on the day.

"The only way to get out of it is make your own luck.

"ProZone shows that we have run more than every other team when we've played against them, so we can see the willingness to try and win the game, work rate, effort and desire is there.

"But I think it's the belief and confidence that the lads need.

"That's what I need to do - try and instill that in them, that they are good enough to win games.

"From what I've seen so far they have the ability to win football matches in the Premiership.

"They have to believe in themselves."

The Hawthorns chief admitted he was "surprised" how his troops wilted to allow Portsmouth back into the game on Saturday as an 85th-minute Arjan De Zeeuw header and an 89th-minute Lomana LuaLua strike stole the points.

But Robson claims the problems stemmed from the Baggies' inability to keep possession during the second half.

And it is that side of the game he is hoping he can drum into his bottom-of-the-table squad while they are still in touching distance of safety - with only four points separating the bottom six teams.

He revealed: "In the first half I thought we did two things wrong and it cost us, because we should have gone in at the break 2-0 up.

"But we didn't and in the second half we didn't defend well enough and didn't put our lives on the line. That's what you have to do to win an away game.

"You have to expect pressure from the home team and we didn't put our heads in where it hurt - we need to get that into our game.

"It surprised me it wasn't there because I thought that within these lads we have the work rate and the competitiveness.

"You sometimes put a question mark over the ability of the boys - do we need that little extra bit - but on Saturday we lost because we didn't compete in the last ten minutes of the game.

"I've got to try and change the lads attitudes so they have the confidence to pass the ball at the right times.

"But you know you can't change it in a few weeks.

"We have to get results and I have to try and get the fine balance of getting results and getting the lads to play the way I want them to play.

"But why get despondent? There are so many teams around us it still gives us a chance."

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