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Mowbray backs Miller to come good

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Tony Mowbray has insisted West Brom striker Ishmael Miller's self-belief will not be affected by his failure to deliver goals in the early part of the season.

Miller netted 16 times last season when on loan from Manchester City and played a big part in the Baggies gaining promotion to the Barclays Premier League before making his move permanent.

Mowbray told PA Sport: "Ishmael has been unfortunate. He had chances to get his name on the score-sheet the first three or four games of the season and then got himself injured."

He added: "Then Roman (Bednar) comes in, scores a couple of penalties, then scores a scrappy goal for the winner against Fulham, and he is really off and running and his confidence is high.

"He has got great belief in himself and let's hope he can continue scoring - but I am sure the other strikers will score as we go along as well.

"Ishmael is a confident boy and, if anybody is trying to knock him, it's hard to knock the belief out of him."

Mowbray added: "Ishmael is aware that maybe he should have squared one or two passes to team-mates and, he knows in a similar situation, he would have wanted someone to roll him in for a tap-in.

"But I know why he did what he did because he is a striker and he wants to see his name on the team sheet.

"As he said to me, 'I'm a striker going through one-on-one with the goalkeeper and not many of the good ones square it for someone else to score', so I've got no complaints and he is fine."

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