West Brom boss hatching no extravagant plans for Stoke

West Brom manager Tony Mowbray has said he is concerned about Stoke City’s Rory Delap’s long-bomb throw-ins but has not concocted any magical plan to combat them this weekend.

West Brom manager Tony Mowbray has said he is concerned about Stoke City’s Rory Delap’s long-bomb throw-ins but has not concocted any magical plan to combat them this weekend.

He also conceded that although Stoke have come under criticism for playing ‘tough’ football, he doesn’t see it as a problem.

“You have to want to make the first contact with the ball but they have half a dozen lads who are 6ft4in-plus so it can be hard to do,” Mowbray said on the club’s website.

“There is no clever tactic against it.

“You bank men in front of the goalie and hope somebody heads the damn thing out.

“Everybody who has played them this year has had to deal with it and we’ll be no different.

“There is no wrong or right way to play football – Stoke City ask more questions of teams than we do,” added the West Brom boss.

“The way they get the ball into the box asks questions. They put it in earlier and have the long throw-in, which again asks questions.”

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