West Brom boss Mowbray targets over-achievement

West Brom boss Tony Mowbray is convinced they can finish in the top ten next season.

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"I genuinely feel that the chairman wants us and expects us to overachieve next year," Mowbray told the Birmingham Mail. "I expect that too. I don't expect us to finish 17th in table. I hope we can finish nearer to mid-table.

"I don't like it when club officials, managers, players talk about finishing 17th - finishing 17th will not be deemed a successful season for us.

"I don't think it's the right mentality to say 'we want to finish fourth bottom'.

"If that happens then so be it but there are a dozen teams in the league that every time we play them, home or away, that we know we have a chance of winning a football match.

"My message to the side will be to find an angle or a hook that motivates us every time we play a team so we can try and be better than that team.

"I take each game as an individual challenge and I honestly feel we can win football matches next season.

"The great test for me will be the mental strength of the team.

"We will lose games and there will be times we will lose three on the bounce - it's up to us how we react to that fourth game."

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