Mowbray frustrated by errors
Baggies boss concerned over defensive errors
By Hayley Paterson. Last Updated: December 13, 2008 6:53pm
Tony Mowbray blasted his West Brom players at half-time for poor defending which led to a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Sunderland.
In previous games, the Baggies boss has been concerned over a lack of firepower upfront, however during the trip to the Stadium of Light it was the other end of the pitch that caused him concern.
Mowbray let his players know during the interval after they failed to deal with headers from Kenwyne Jones and Andy Reid in the first-half and another tap-in from the striker.
"Obviously we're disappointed, particularly first-half, we didn't compete as well as we should have done," he told Sky Sports.
"It epitomised our season a little bit the first 45 minutes, especially the first half-an-hour. (We had) plenty of the ball and the first two balls that came into our box, we didn't defend them and we were 2-0 down.
"It is hugely frustrating, but I think in the Premier League we'll not have many days like that where I can have a blast at them at half-time for not competing but today was disappointing."
The second-half did not start any better when a deep cross fell into the box and within minutes of coming on, it hit Roman Bednar on the elbow for a penalty. Djibril Cisse fired down the middle past Scott Carson.
But despite being rooted to the bottom of the Premier League, Mowbray has urged his players to pick themselves up and start afresh against Manchester City.
He added: "We just said in the dressing room: 'It's gone now, move onto the next one'.
"The Premier League's like that you can't do anything for too long, you've got another game right behind you. We've got to get ourselves ready, get ourselves right and start picking up points."