Mowbray slaps a ban on the 'P' word

THEY may be top of the pile and in prime position for Premiership promotion but Albion boss Tony Mowbray has banned the 'P' word.Instead the former Blues favourite has told his side to aim for 90 points and the rest will take care of its self.

By Derek Davis

THEY may be top of the pile and in prime position for Premiership promotion but Albion boss Tony Mowbray has banned the 'P' word.

Instead the former Blues favourite has told his side to aim for 90 points and the rest will take care of its self.

Mowbray said: “We're talking about accumulating points.


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“Promotion is something that gets stuck on the end if you get enough points to finish in the top two spaces.

“We realise we're going to have to get as many as 90 points or at least in the high 80s but there is a long way to go and we don't want to get sidetracked by words like promotion.

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“Why would anybody want to put any extra pressure on themselves?”

Albion may be the division's top scorers with but they are not invincible as a 3-1 loss at Stoke and a 4-2 home defeat by Coventry shows.

They are hoping to make it unlucky 13 for Ipswich who are unbeaten in their 12 home games this season with 12 wins and two goalless draws.

Mowbray stuck with the same side for both festive fixtures against Bristol City and Scunthorpe and despite winning both games comfortably, he is likely to freshen things up.

Ishmael Miller could be among those to be recalled. The on-loan Manchester City striker has not started a game since injuring his knee against Wolves on November 25 but he is 'chomping at the bit' after substitute appearances in the last three matches and Mowbray hinted he is most likely to replace Roman Bednar.

“Roman almost didn't play (against Scunthorpe). He didn't play for a long time and now he has played eight games on the bounce and done extremely well.

“Ishmael is chomping at the bit and he is desperate to score a goal. When you have got the choice of Bednar or Miller, you utilise the opportunity when you can sometimes.”

Filipe Teixeira could also be restored to the starting line-up after being rested for the last two matches.

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