Mowbray puts defence on red alert

Last updated : 12 May 2009 By Iain Bate - Wba-mad Editor

Tony Mowbray has told his defence they must be on the top of their game against Liverpool if Albion are to continue their hopes of avoiding relegation.  After Newcastle’s victory over Middlesbrough last night, Albion need at least a point against title chasing Liverpool on Sunday to keep their survival hopes alive.

The Baggies face a daunting task though keeping out the Premier League’s top scorers with Mowbray calling for the defensive standard set against Sunderland as the benchmark for the must-not-lose game against the Reds.

“We have Liverpool looming large in our faces," Mowbray admitted.

"We will give it everything we have got and no-one at this club will have a defeatist attitude.

"We do know the quality Liverpool possesses.

"If we are as expansive as we usually are against the top teams they will use the space and their quality to hurt us, so we have to try and get the game-plan right against Liverpool.

"When we get the ball we have to play our game and when they get the ball we know they are going to push us back, and we know we will have to defend probably better than we did on Saturday.

"We can rise to the heights.

"We defended very well against Sunderland and we have to show the same level of concentration against Liverpool to give ourselves a chance."