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Mowbray bemoans Stoke's lack of style

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West Brom slumped to a third successive defeat to remain rooted to the foot of the Barclays Premier League, but Tony Mowbray was more concerned that his side were unable to entertain the fans.

Stoke, who finished runners-up to Albion in last season's Coca-Cola Championship, followed in the recent footsteps of Liverpool and Chelsea in sending Baggies supporters home disappointed.

And it was the style of football, as much as the result, which frustrated Mowbray, he said: "I don't want to be harsh but I thought it was a pretty dross game of football."

He added: "I don't think there was too much to talk about, it was a pretty poor match.

"I can't remember them having too many chances but we've lost 1-0 and it's disappointing that we didn't create enough chances ourselves."

Stoke came away with the points after Mamady Sidibe broke what had been a stultifying stalemate in the 84th minute. His headed goal, angled expertly across goalkeeper Scott Carson from Danny Higginbotham's drifted cross, was a rare moment of quality in a drab affair.

Indeed, Potters goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen remained virtually untested throughout the game, with lone striker Ishmael Miller twice shooting over as he fed on scraps in front of a midfield five.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis was pleased with his side's efforts in collecting a fourth successive home victory and rejected suggestions that the game failed as a spectacle.

"Tony has only got to speak for his own side," he said. "They've not had a shot on goal, so I can understand where he is coming from. I thought we played some good stuff.

"People talk about different philosophies. They say we are different in what we do and what we don't do. Well, I don't like my team to go back then square, back then square. I like them to play through the pitch."

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Topics:
West Bromwich Albion
Mamady Sidibe
Stoke City
Football
Danny Higginbotham
Chelsea
Premier League
Scott Carson
Ishmael Miller
Thomas Sorensen
Liverpool

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