Mowbray: Villa aren't invincible

Last updated : 07 January 2009 By Site Editor

Albion boss Tony Mowbray has insisted Albion can do what Middlesbrough did earlier this season at beat local rivals Aston Villa in front of their own fans. Mowbray's former team beat the Villains 2-1 back in November with the Baggies boss hopefully his own crop can do the same on Saturday (KO 12.45pm).

While respecting the hosts and their current fine form, Mowbray is hoping Albion can improve on their own purple patch which has seen a possible six points taken from nine and the Baggies move within two points of safety.

"We need to look at all the games and try to target games to give us points to stay in touch," the Albion chief said.

"Villa away is a game, because it's a derby and means so much to the fans, that we will target to take points from.

"Villa have shown they aren't invincible.

"Middlesbrough went there and won and, if we go there with the right game-plan, who knows?

"We understand what their strengths are and it's not a game for being cavalier and leaving lots of space for Agbonlahor and Ashley Young to exploit.

"I'm sure we will get opportunities.

"Whether we can take them on the day we'll wait and see."