Mowbray backs Town for Premier League

BAGGIES boss Tony Mowbray is backing his old club Ipswich to follow him into the Premier League if they can strengthen their squad further.

Derek Davis

BAGGIES boss Tony Mowbray is backing his old club Ipswich to follow him into the Premier League if they can strengthen their squad further.

Speaking after seeing his West Brom side go down to a late winner from new boy Kevin Lisbie, the former Ipswich skipper and caretaker manager praised Town.

Mowbray said: “Ipswich are a decent team and played very well especially in the second half.

“Ipswich will be okay this year in the Championship.

“I hope they can find the players they are looking to add and have a strong season and can get to the Premier League.”

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Although Albion went ahead through Ishmael Miller, Tommy Miller equalised from the spot before Lisbie won the game for Ipswich.

Mowbray said: “That was the first time in pre-season that I thought about formation rather than just putting players on the pitch and it worked pretty well.

“We were fluent and dominated for long spells.

”You can make up your own minds about the penalty at the death in the first half, of which we were pretty dominant.

“We became poorer the longer the game went on and Ipswich got stronger and stronger and probably in the end I had no qualms about them scoring.”

By playing Miller up front as a lone striker and packing five into midfield Mowbray gave a hint as to how his side will line up away from home on the Premier League this season.

He said: “Everton did that for 38 games that season and finished fifth in the Premier League.”

The West Brom squad have been staying at Five Lakes, the Essex hotel, golf and country club, for a few days as part of the pre-season preparation and will travel from there to their next friendly which is against Northampton Town.