Robson: "We were focused"
BRYAN Robson praised his troops for remaining focused on the job in hand to
pick up a vital point at Charlton in their fight against relegation.
Despite dropping to 17th place due to Middlesbrough's 3-0 win at Sunderland,
the Baggies boss was delighted to see his side get their work rate and
endeavour back on track as they cashed in on the benefits of a ten-day break
following their 1-0 defeat by the Black Cats.
And Albion's stubborn resistance kept the Addicks at bay to make it four
points from the last six on the road following their 1-0 win at high-flying
"That's a good point for us following on the back of a good away win at
Wigan," said Robson.
"We were determined and the lads worked very hard for one another.
"The goings on this week, injuries and players being away on African Nations
Cup duty affected us so, that was a very good result.
"After the Sunderland game I thought my players looked a bit jaded and
didn't really play with any energy levels.
"The midfielders and defenders worked very hard for each other tonight and
it was a good team performance by them because Charlton are a decent side."
The Albion chief insisted his side were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty
on the stroke of half time after replays confirmed Kevin Campbell was tugged
back by Hermann Hreidarsson as he attempted to connect with Jonathan
Greening's left-wing cross.
"Our lads are pretty disappointed about the penalty decision not going our
way in the first half," Robson added.
"I've had a look at it, the referee had a good view of the incident, and it
was a definite penalty.
"The lads feel they were robbed."
With Ronnie Wallwork serving a one-match ban at The Valley and Steve Watson
(groin) injured, Robson called on Andy Johnson for the first time in more
than four months.
And he reserved special praise for the former Wales international as he
battled for the full 90 minutes in the middle of the park.
"It's healthy to have competition especially with suspensions kicking in, as
with Ronnie Wallwork tonight," Robson stressed.
"When those come into play you need a good strong squad around you and Andy
Johnson did very well considering he hasn't played for months.
"He got into the pace of the game, he worked very hard, his tackling was
good and he got through a lot of work in the game."