Phillips - Loss can spur us on
Kevin Phillips believes the defeat to Portsmouth could help West Brom focus on winning promotion.
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 06/04/08 5:49pm
Kevin Phillips believes the FA Cup semi-final loss to Portsmouth could spur West Brom on to win promotion to the Premier League.
The Baggies lost 1-0 to Derby in the Championship play-off final last May and on Saturday they were again beaten at Wembley by the same score.
West Brom must now turn their attention back to the league, where they are currently fourth with six games remaining.
Phillips is determined not to suffer more Wembley disappointment and has urged his team-mates to secure automatic promotion.
"I don't want to have to come here again. We were in the same dressing room as last year and we have ended up losing by the same score," said Phillips.
"But I think we will use this to our advantage and become even more focused on winning automatic promotion. That is what I'll be doing, and I'm sure the other lads will be as well.
"There won't be a hangover from this. There is too much quality in the squad and too much determination in the squad to let it happen.
"We haven't suffered one this season after losing the play-off final last year and I think it will be the same again.
"Losing (in the FA Cup semi-final) is history now. The focus immediately turns to trying to secure promotion back to the Premier League and Tuesday night and a difficult trip to Blackpool."
West Brom are within three points of Championship leaders Bristol City and have a game in hand on all the sides above them, while their goal difference is also the best in the division.
Phillips believes that if West Brom do go up they would be competitive in the Premier League.
He added: "We are in a healthy position in the Championship and that is far more important to me - having another crack at the Premier League - than dwelling on what might have been in the cup.
"We want to be playing the likes of Portsmouth week in, week out and testing ourselves against those types of players week in, week out.
"We have showed that we are a match for Premier League sides with the performance against a strong Portsmouth side that are sixth in the league.
"We are not a million miles away."