Watson: It won't be pretty
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Steve Watson says the relegation showdown with Birmingham will not be pretty.
West Brom's Steve Watson has warned that Saturday's relegation showdown with Birmingham may not be pleasing on the eye.
The clash at St Andrews has been billed as a crucial clash in the race to avoid the drop as Birmingham can draw level with their Midlands rivals in 17th position with a win.
With Sunderland all but condemned to The Championship and Portsmouth also struggling, it is former Manchester United team-mates Bryan Robson and Steve Bruce who have the best chance to retain their places in The Premiership, and Saturday's meeting could go a long way to deciding their fate.
The financial and sporting implications of relegation mean that St Andrews will no doubt witness a tense affair, and Watson believes it will not be an occasion for the neutral as both sides scrap for the vital three points.
"It's huge, both teams are in a similar situation, a similar points situation, both teams are desperate for three points, we've got to go there as positive as we can be," Watson told Sky Sports News.
"I don't expect it to be the best football match you'll ever see in your life, these games rarely are.
"Both teams are fighting for their lives, so we'll settle for a shocking game of football but a 1-0 win."
A draw would keep The Baggies out of the bottom three although Birmingham would still have a game in hand, but Robson insists he will not send his side out looking for a point.
"A draw wouldn't be a disaster for us but no way would I ever send my team out to draw a game," insisted Robson.