Mowbray: Defeat spells Baggies trouble

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Tony Mowbray admits West Brom have to win their next two games against fellow strugglers Stoke and Portsmouth to revive their hopes of Barclays Premier League survival.

Bottom-placed Albion entertain Tony Pulis's side on Saturday and then make the trip to Fratton Park the following weekend.

The Baggies boss said: "I saw a team against Bolton that was generally in a positive frame of mind, which is encouraging."

He added: "We understand every game is tough. There are no easy fixtures although we have been talking all season about the importance of winning your home games.

"We strived to win the game against Bolton, as we will strive to win the game against Stoke.

"We understand the next game is going to be very, very tough. But if we win the next two games we'll give ourselves a real genuine opportunity.

"I think the team still believes. It does become more difficult as the games start to run out and the negativity piles up.

"We need another performance on Saturday that gives us a chance to go and win a football match."

Mowbray's philosophy of playing a passing style of football is in contrast to the direct approach of Stoke.

But he insisted: "I fully respect what they do. It's different from the way we choose to play but I'm not saying our way is better."

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