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Robson buoyed by Baggies victory

West Brom boss Bryan Robson believes the win over Birmingham could be the launch pad for a survival surge.
Robson said: "This win has been coming over the past few weeks. We've played well but not got the just rewards.

"There are plenty of points to play for and this result gives us confidence to keep going until the end of the season.

"We had to start winning games and that's what's happened. This could drag others into the fight and there'll be teams looking over their shoulders."

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Robson keeping options open
Mar 9 2005

By Chris Lepkowski, Evening Mail

Bryan Robson today revealed he would have no qualms
about naming five outfield Albion substitutes again.

The Baggies manager made the brave decision to leave
out reserve keeper Tomasz Kuszczak for Sunday's derby
day victory against Blues.

Robson picked two strikers, one midfielder, one
defender and utility man Riccy Scimeca for the bench
against Blues.

If Russell Hoult had been injured or sent off, Geoff
Horsfield was on stand-by to go between the sticks.

The ex-Blues striker is no stranger to playing in
goal, having replaced injured Nico Vaesen during the
closing stages of a derby win against Villa two
seasons ago after Steve Bruce had used all three subs.

Robson revealed he would prepared to repeat the risk
if he felt it would benefit Albion in a given match.
"I wanted to have all the outfield options on the
bench because I thought it was a must-win game for
us," said Robson.

"I wanted Darren Moore on there so if Birmingham
started to lump things into the box I had the extra
height with him and Kanu, who are both over 6ft 4ins.

"I also wanted a goalscoring option on the bench so I
put Rob Earnshaw on, with Richard Chaplow and Riccy
Scimeca giving us extra balance.

"So when I looked at the balance of my substitutes to
try and win the game I just felt it was worth the risk
going without a goalkeeper.

"If there is another game we have to win, then it's
something I will do."

Robson isn't the first manager to take such risks
--Sheffield United's Neil Warnock often names five
outfield subs, knowing that defender Phil Jagielka is
competent between the sticks if needed.

And Robson admitted that Horsfield's willingness to
stand in had made his decision easier to take.

"Geoff was confident about going in goal if he'd
needed to," added Robson.

"You need a player who is confident about doing that.
If you have to make a decision like I made on Sunday,
then you must have a word with the lads beforehand to
make sure there is a player who is comfortable about
going in the nets.

"If you just go with it and the worst comes to the
worst and no one fancies it then you've taken a bad
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