Mowbray's defensive concerns
By Alex Livie. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Tony Mowbray admits he was a little concerned by West Brom's defending in the win over Luton.
The Baggies claimed a 3-2 win over Luton, with Kevin Phillips' brace of goals in the last three minutes enough to secure the points.
The defeat was tough on Luton who had fought their way back into the game after slipping behind just before the break and Mowbray was not overly impressed with his side.
"I think we were generally disappointed with it, there is plenty of work to do and I think that is pretty evident," Mowbray told Sky Sports. "We gave away soft goals and defensively we suffered a bit tonight."
Mowbray was happy with his side's efforts in front of goal, but he also chose to praise Mike Newell's Luton.
"We have been averaging three goals a game at home for the last seven matches and we got three tonight and won the football match," he added.
"We played against a hard-working side who have some pace and can counter and you have to give them credit."
Hatters chief Newell was understandably downbeat, as there was a touch of controversy to West Brom's leveller as David Bell appeared to be fouled in the build-up to the goal.
"We got back into the game after going 1-0 down and had the game won to be honest," stated Newell.
"Belly has nicked it past Robinson and he has given him a dig in the ribs. It's a foul and it has cost us."
Luton look set for a relegation scrap, but Newell retains confidence in his side.
"The character has never been in doubt. We have had players sold, but there is a good spirit and we will replace the players we have lost.
"We will continue to play football and hopefully things will turn for us."