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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jan 29, 2009

West Brom win appeal over Robinson red card

West Brom manager Tony Mowbray has admitted the rescinding of defender Paul Robinson's red card against Manchester United has given the relegation battlers a boost ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash at Hull.

Mowbray is already resigned to being without his other most experienced player in skipper Jonathan Greening for six weeks with medial ligament damage.

Robinson was facing a three-game ban after being shown a straight red card by referee Rob Styles for his challenge on United midfielder Park Ji-Sung during Wednesday's game at The Hawthorns.

But a Football Association disciplinary panel has upheld Albion's appeal against the dismissal and the left-back will now be available for the weekend game at the KC Stadium.

Mowbray said: "We are delighted. It is a boost for everyone, particularly at this moment with losing Jonathan Greening through injury.

"To lose Paul Robinson, our vice-captain as well, would have been a massive loss for us. He is a leader and it's important that teams have those sort of personalities on the pitch.

"Paul is a wholehearted player and I see him tackle his own team-mates every day in training like that. I watched the incident again in the dressing room after the United game and I couldn't see it merited a sending-off.

"It was right we appealed and great credit to the FA in putting together a panel so quickly which means we will not be punished again.''

Meanwhile Mowbray is poised to sign Paris St Germain midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu although he stressed the player was unlikely to be part of his first-team plans this season.

The 22-year-old held talks with Albion today and the DR Congo international is expected to move to the Baggies for a small fee.

Mowbray said: "If a deal does get done, then Youssouf is a young player who would be coming to supplement our football club's underbelly. He is a young player with potential who we would hope eventually could have an impact on our first team - but not in the immediate future.

"The lad is here today and he has got potential. He has got Claude Makelele in front of him (at PSG) and does not feel he is going to get an opportunity. He is hungry but he is not ready to come and play in our first team. He will play in our reserves for now.''

Mowbray is still optimistic about bringing in a more experienced loan signing before the transfer window closes next Monday.

He said: "I would hope some deals will get done but we are in the hands of the other clubs we are talking to. You hope somewhere down the line a deal will get done for somebody.''

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