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Robson up for the cup
By Oliver Bhurrut

BRYAN Robson has insisted Albion will come out all guns blazing in the FA Cup after being handed a January trip to Championship outfit Preston North End in the third round draw yesterday (Sunday).

The Baggies boss admitted he would have preferred a home tie but he is looking forward to mounting a serious "challenge" on the Millennium Stadium.

And Albion's opening clash will be shrouded in history as they take on the team they beat to lift the cup in 1888 and 1954 - the last time the Black Country club faced North End in the competition.

"The draw could have been kinder to us rather than giving us an away draw to a Championship side," said Robson.

"But it still gives us a good chance. Preston are not doing too well at this moment in time, whether they have a good Christmas or not we'll see.

"It's always good to be at home but we have a good chance to advance to the next round.

"I want us to have a real good cup run.

"It's a great way to instill confidence in your players and switch off from the league for one match."

Robson guided his Middlesbrough side to the FA Cup final in 1997 where he finished on the wrong end of a 2-0 defeat and also took Boro to two losing League Cup finals.

And with the Baggies going out of the Carling Cup at the first hurdle this season, he insists he will be treating the clash against Billy Davies' 15th-placed men with the same respect as a Premiership encounter.

"We were out of the Carling Cup early on so for me there is not a great demand on our players," he added.

"We can plan our season. We have enough breaks to rest players and prepare them really well for the league programme.

"We are not like Manchester United or Arsenal, who are in the Champions League and have three games every single week, or a team in the Championship or First or Second Divisions where you have 40-odd games.

"We can prepare really well so there is no excuse. The FA Cup should be a great challenge for us and that's how I'll go into the game.

"There will be no one getting rests.

"I got to one FA Cup final and two League Cups. I want to win things as a manager and I don't just think survival is good enough, because it isn't."

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I think it might be a fair game, might well be a draw 1-1.

If Almeyda has signed it should be his first game.

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http://www.prestontoday.net - Cup crisis
Reborn Preston are facing an acute manpower shortage for Saturday's
FA Cup tie with Premiership West Brom.
Last night's rousing win over form team Crewe came at a heavy price
with Brian O'Neil banned and Claude Davis crocked.
Added to an already lengthy list of likely absentees, North End are
now down to just 14 senior players - including two keepers - for the
visit of Bryan Robson's Baggies. And manager Billy Davies could be
working round the clock until Friday to bring in reinforcements.
Assistant boss David Kelly said: "We are trying hard to get players
in, but it is never as easy as it looks.
"The gaffer has a list of players we would like to get hold of. But
football clubs don't always want to let their players go."
Preston currently have an offer in for Bury's teenage striker Dave
Nugent. But even if they land one of the hottest prospects in the
lower divisions, he is cup-tied for Saturday.
The main area of concern appears to be in defence where last night's
injury to Davis has left the club with only two centre-halves and one
North End could also be struggling up front where Richard Cresswell's
ban for five yellow cards has left Davies with only Patrick Agyemang
and youngster Joe O'Neill as recognised strikers.
Loan star Filipe Oliveira could play that role. But the club are
still waiting to hear if Chelsea will allow the Portugal Under-21
international tofi gure in the game which would get him cup-tied.
Kelly said: "We have major problems at the moment. We are down to 14,
including two keepers. So the youth team might have to provide a few
players for Saturday.
"We have a small squad at the best of times. We are
playing a Premiership team and it is a massive game for us.
"We want to win it, but it is going to be very, very difficult with
the players we have missing.
"It is disappointing that Brian O'Neil will be out of it because he
has been playing exceptionally well for us.
"As for Claude we don't know at this stage. The physio will have a
good look at him today and assess the injury.
"I'm not sure what he's done. But, from the way he was hobbling about
the dressing room last night, he looks like he could be struggling.
"That is a major blow because Claude has been super over the last
couple of weeks.
"So defensively I would say we are looking very stretched - in fact
we are very stretched everywhere.
"Injuries and suspensions are part and parcel of football and you
just have to cope with it."
Preston's situation is not made any easier by having three players
out on loan at the moment - Simon Lynch (Blackpool), Michael Brown
(Chester) and Darran Kempson (Morecambe).
On top of that, Jamaica have called up winger Omar Daley for this
weekend's Caribbean Cup tie with French Guyana in Kingston.
PNE have already told the Reggae Boyz management he can attend for
what would be a return to the international fold after a six-month
Daley is due to join up with the squad tomorrow, so Davies faces a
difficult decision: Does he go or does he stay?
With Cresswell and O'Neil suspended and the list of unfit players
numbering as many as six - Callum Davidson,
Marlon Broomes, Eric Skora, Andy Smith, Tyrone Mears and possibly
Davis - the manager could be without 13 of his squad for Saturday's
The remainder have been given two days' rest to get over an
exhausting Christmas and New Year run of four games in eight days.
And Davies will be using every minute of the break to look for new
Davies has until noon Friday to get someone in after the scrapping of
the controversial seven-day rule for the FA Cup.
Kelly added: "We have been trying to do a lot of things without any
of them coming off so far.
"It is hard to say if anything will happen in time for the West Brom
game. "We will just have to wait and see."
The injury to Davis and the sending off of O'Neil took some of the
gloss off last night's marvellous victory at Gresty Road.
The win capped a superb Christmas and New Year with 13 points from a
possible 15 over the festive period - the best for almost 50 years.
North End had hoped to take that form into Saturday's cup match and
have a tilt at claiming a rare Premiership scalp.
"It was a great result as Crewe were on the back of a great run of
results," said Kelly.
"They are a good passing team, but I think we went there and we
dominated the game.
"Brian's sending off left us with a backs-to-the-wall
situation towards the end.
"But we came through it and it was another valuable three points."
The win moved PNE up to ninth in the table, level on points with
Derby County in eighth and Millwall in
seventh spot.
They are now just three points away from a play-off place and are
playing with bags of confidence. Kelly said: "We are very pleased
with the way the Christmas and New Year period went.
"When we looked at the fixtures beforehand, it looked a very
difficult spell with some very difficult opponents -West Ham, Stoke,
Reading, Sunderland and Crewe. "But we have won four and drawn the
other. That's marvellous form in anyone's book. "We can't praise the
players enough for the way they have worked their socks off over such
a hectic time."
Crewe boss Dario Gradi was less-than generous to Preston after seeing
a run of eight games without defeat come to a halt.
"They are a decent side," he said."But they aren't better than us!"
The win was only North End's second away from home this season.
And it might at last have laid to rest the travelling jinx in 2004.
Since the start of November, Preston's record on the road reads: P6
W2 D2 L2.

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Russell Hoult

14. Martin Albrechtsen

19. Neil Clement

6. Darren Purse

3. Paul Robinson

11. Zoltan Gera

10. Andy Johnson

24. Ronnie Wallwork

8. Jonathan Greening

34. Robert Earnshaw

9. Geoff Horsfield

2. Riccardo Scimeca

4. Thomas Gaardsoe

7. Jason Koumas

17. Rob Hulse

29. Tomasz Kuszczak (GK)

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Horsfield subbed off for Rob Hulse on 20 (injury).

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Greening(injury) off on 70(ish) for Koumas.

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Koumas goes down the wing and crosses for Earnie to stab home on 76!!!!!!

COME ON YOU BAGGIES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Long punt from Hoult,
Kozlok allowed the ball to bounce
Lonnegann (the Preston keeper) started to come, didn't get there
Earnie did!

A fine lob from Earnshaw gives him our second goal on 83!

Preston 0-2 WBA :)

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God what an impact Koumas has coming on :D

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Only our 2nd win of the season :)

4th Round here we come :D

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From BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/fa_cup/4139405.stm

Robert Earnshaw scored both goals as Bryan Robson won his first game in charge of West Brom.
Earnshaw had already seen one effort cleared off the line by Robert Kozluk when he converted a Jason Koumas cross.

And Earnshaw made sure of victory when he lobbed the ball over Andy Lonergan close to full-time.

Lonergan had earlier made good saves to deny Zoltan Gera and Rob Hulse while Kozluk, Chris Lucketti and Chris Sedgwick went close for Preston.

Preston started well without creating any real openings before West Brom asserted themselves on the tie, winning three corners in succession.

Gera came closing to putting the visitors in front but Lonergan got down sharply to save the Hungarian's snap-shot.

Sedgwick saw his looping volley narrowly miss Russell Hoult's goal, while skipper Lucketti headed narrowly wide from Youl Mawene's floated free-kick as Preston pushed forward.

But WBA continued to create openings of their own - Hulse rising above Graham Alexander but heading wide, and Earnshaw miscontrolling at the crucial moment when well placed at the far post.

And the visitors continued to display a superior cutting edge after the break, with a quickly taken free-kick catching the North End defence static.

Hulse got the better of Lucketti and diverted the ball goalwards but Lonergan made a great save with his feet.

Earnshaw then had the ball in the Preston net with a neat dink over Lonergan but the goal was ruled out for offside.

Midway through the second-half Preston enjoyed a spell of pressure, with Alexander shooting wide from long distance and Rob Kozluk narrowly missing the target with a curling shot after cutting inside from the left.

West Brom bounced back and Earnshaw shot past Lonergan but Kozluk cleared the ball off the line with Gera lurking.

Earnshaw's frustration was short-lived as he neatly diverted Koumas' cross past Lonergan for the opener.

And his cheeky second - lifting the ball over the advancing Lonergan from an acute angle - sealed victory for Bryan Robson's beleaguered side.

Preston boss Billy Davies:
"If the game finished 0-0 nobody would have complained.
"I don't think we were at it like we have been in the last few weeks and I said that to the players after the game there.

"Goals are important. But we didn't defend them, and they were two very disappointing goals to lose."

West Brom boss Bryan Robson:
"It's nice to get a win under our belts. We had a good fan base here and we've sent them home happy.
"It's pleasing, because I thought it was a good solid performance by us today. These ties can be awkward.

"It's nice to get the first win but it'll be nicer to get the first win in the Premiership - we know how important that is. Even so it's good for the lads' confidence to win here."


Preston: Lonergan, Alexander, Kozluk, Lucketti, Mawene,Sedgwick (Mears 84), Etuhu, McKenna, Lewis,O'Neill (Jackson 67), Agyemang.
Subs Not Used: Ward, McCormack, Davis.

West Brom: Hoult, Albrechtsen, Clement, Purse, Robinson, Gera,Johnson, Wallwork, Greening (Koumas 73), Earnshaw,Horsfield (Hulse 19).
Subs Not Used: Scimeca, Gaardsoe, Kuszczak.

Booked: Hulse, Albrechtsen, Koumas.

Goals: Earnshaw 76, 83.

Att: 13,005

Ref: G Laws (Tyne & Wear).
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