West Brom manager Tony Mowbray does not think it will be long before Newcastle turn their season around - but he hopes their revival will not start tonight.
Albion travel to St James' Park with the stakes high for both sides. West Brom's promising start to life in the Barclays Premier League has suffered a setback following successive defeats at the hands of Manchester United and Hull City, while Newcastle remain rooted in the bottom three.
Mowbray said: "I'm sure they will get out of the bottom three in the not too distant future. They have paid a lot of money for some of their players. They have reputations that are warranted as they have played well in the Premier League for a number of years."
He added: "We are a team, on the other hand, who are dipping our toes in the Premier League and waiting to see how we come out. We are enjoying that challenge.
"Newcastle's aspirations should be elsewhere than making sure they stay out of the bottom three. I know that Newcastle will be hurting as they lost a big game (against Sunderland) at the weekend.
"They find themselves still in the bottom three and they are still looking to get their season up and running.
"Results have turned slightly in their favour since Mr Kinnear came in as manager. They have picked up a few draws. I saw them at Manchester City and they are doing okay and have some very talented players.
"I am pretty sure in my mind that they will get their season up and running with the quality players they possess.
"Like all clubs, you have to have your best players on the pitch and not on the treatment table. There is a real challenge for us at Newcastle. If we go there and get our noses in front, the supporters up there will not be happy."
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