Mowbray Keane to stop Robbie threat

Last updated : 01 May 2009 By Iain Bate - Wba-mad Editor

Tony Mowbray has told his defenders they must stop Robbie Keane at White Hart Lane tomorrow (KO 3pm) if Albion are to obtain any points.

The former Wolves striker has scored nine goals in his last ten games against the Stripes - although he initially failed to hit the net in the Old Gold and Black.

Now, as Albion search for three valuable points to keep their slim relegation hopes alive, Mowbray is hoping to put an end to Keane's rich vein of form.

"If he plays, he's a striker who plays naturally underneath the striker and likes to buy him space by threatening on the shoulders," said Mowbray.

"He threatens the spaces in behind defences and defences drop off and he uses the space that's created between the midfield and the defence.

"He's a very, very talented boy and always wants the ball.

"He has great enthusiasm for the game.

"As he showed against us he has an eye for a goal.

"He will be a threat if he does play."

Albion beat Tottenham back in December - while Keane was still a Liverpool player - but Mowbray is expecting to face a completely different Spurs outfit after the north London club spent heavily in the January transfer window.

"They're a different team to the one we beat before the last transfer window," Mowbray continued.

"They've brought in Robbie Keane, Palacios, Pavlyuchenko.

"They've got a wide array of very talented individuals, who we're aware of.

"We've studied them and seen their strengths.

"Luka Modric has adapted to the English Premier League now.

"He took a bit of criticism early on but he looks very influential in their set-up at the moment.

"We're looking forward to it."