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Mowbray stands by passing principles

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West Brom boss Tony Mowbray vowed to continue to play pretty football regardless of the club's relegation peril.

Mowbray saw his team lose 2-0 at injury-hit Everton, leaving them rooted to the bottom of the Barclays Premier League.

But Mowbray was defiant, saying: "I've been asked if we are up for the fight. But you will never see a scraping, spitting, fighting, muscular team from me. You will see a team that passes and moves."

A first-half header from Tim Cahill, the result of shocking marking at a free-kick, was followed by a cracker from substitute Louis Saha in the second period to clinch victory for Everton.

Albion have won only two of their last 11 and look to be heading back to the Championship.

Mowbray continued: "What is right or wrong? I know what is right, and if you get relegated, take it on the chin. We will play exactly the same next season, you do what you believe in.

"Lack of fight? What does that mean. Is it how many fouls you give away? I'm more concerned about whether a striker can hit the target and how good we are on the ball. Those are the things we work at on the training ground.

"This is the team I coach. Some people judge you on results, I judge teams on the way they play. I want to keep our stadium full and people wanting to come and watch us."

Everton boss David Moyes said: "The result was important, and we got it. West Brom played well and made a few opportunities, but our keeper and defenders were in good form.

"We can play better than that, but it was our first game without (Mikel) Arteta who is out for the season and I wanted to see how we handled the situation. It was always going to be possible that we would find it difficult, and West Brom certainly did enough to add to that concern."

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