Robbo resists quit calls
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bryan Robson gave short shrift to crowd criticism after West Brom's draw with Southend.
West Brom boss Bryan Robson gave short shrift to the voices of discontent making themselves heard at The Hawthorns during The Baggies' 1-1 draw with Southend.
After suffering the bitter disappointment of relegation last season, with Midlands side have experienced mixed fortunes in The Championship and currently lie in ninth place with 12 points.
Robson's side are five points shy of top-of-the-table Cardiff City and local rivals Birmingham City, and some elements of The Baggies' support made their feelings clear as their side surrendered the lead to draw with Steve Tilson's Shrimpers.
However Robson insisted he would not be taking the calls to quit to heart, whilst voicing his belief that his goal-shy team will soon cast aside the wastefulness that has inhibited their campaign.
"There is miles to go this season. That is just a bit of frustration from the fans. I will get on with the job," said Robson.
"I would be disappointed if people thought we had not played some good football and created a lot of chances.
"We did not capitalise on the chances and that cost us. But I am sure that our luck in front of goal will change.
"Our main problem at the moment is that we are missing too many chances and giving the opposition a chance that they are taking.
"We have to start killing games off. You can't create as many chances as we did and not convert them.
"We had good situations and on other days they will go in. So what I am after from the players is that we keep persevering."
Southend goalkeeper Daryl Flahavan was the central protagonist for the Essex outfit as he repelled a number of West Brom attacks, and Tilson was delighted with the result and his custodian after Matt Harrold cancelled out Nathan Ellington's opener.
"Daryl is a great shot stopper. He has been tremendous for us over the last two years," said Tilson.
"He made two or three good saves in the first-half to keep us in the game.
"In the second half we created some good chances ourselves and to be fair I thought a draw was a fair result. With one more good delivery we could have won the game.
"Matty came off the bench and came up with a great header to earn us our first away point. We have been playing well away from home and had deserved something before this.
"But to get that first point at West Brom is a great achievement.
"At the start of the season they were my pick to win promotion and that has not changed.
"Hopefully, this is something we can now build on. Our aim is obviously to stay in this division and then build on it next season.
"It is important we stay in this division. We know it will be tough as we haven't got the resources that other clubs have got but we have shown we can compete at this level."