Skipper keeping chin up

Last updated : 11 January 2009 By Wba-mad Editor

Albion captain Jonathan Greening has told his team mates not to dwell on yesterday's disappointing defeat to rivals Aston Villa and take the positives ahead of next week's games against Peterborough, and more importantly, Middlesbrough.

The Baggies enjoyed the majority of possession yesterday at Villa Park, and excluding the two defensive errors, can count themselves unlucky not to have come away with a share of the points.

"Our overall performance was not too bad," he said.

"Before the first goal went in, I thought we were doing well and seemed in control.

"But two mistakes by us and they were 2-0 up.

"It is frustrating because you work all week on defending set-plays on the training ground and on the first goal we gave Curtis Davies a free header.

"It was our own fault.

"The disappointing thing on their second goal was that Gabby Agbonlahor got a free run into our box and no-one challenged him.

"We gave two sloppy goals away and wanted to put that right in the second half.

"We put quite a good performance in, got a goal back but just couldn't get that second goal.

"Maybe we could have had a penalty at the end.

"Roman Bednar and Robert Koren think we should have had one."

The defeat leaves Albion again rock-bottom of the Premier League although only three points away from safety. After Tuesday's FA Cup third round reply against Peterborough, the Baggies welcome 16th place Middlesbrough to The Hawthorns (KO 3pm) - one of the clubs currently three points above Albion.

Greening added: "We believe we're good enough to stay up, especially if you look at the performance today.

"Villa are a top-four side and we didn't do ourselves any harm.

"We've won our last two homes games against Manchester City and Tottenham and we've got a massive one against my old club Middlesbrough next week.

"Hopefully, we can put a good performance on like today - minus the mistakes - and come off with the three points."