Robson hopes Buddha is lucky for West Brom

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Bryan Robson, the West Bromwich manager, is hoping the miniature likeness of Buddha he keeps in his pocket continues to be a lucky mascot in his side's attempt to avoid relegation.

Bryan Robson, the West Bromwich manager, is hoping the miniature likeness of Buddha he keeps in his pocket continues to be a lucky mascot in his side's attempt to avoid relegation.

His Southampton counterpart, Harry Redknapp, was given a plastic angel to guard against relegation, but Robson revealed he has a charm of his own.

"I've got a Buddha in my pocket - I've had him since January," he said. "My son Ben and my daughters Claire and Charlotte went on holiday to Tenerife, brought back a miniature Buddha and told me it would bring us luck.

"Whether it's had a bearing I do not know, but I didn't have it with me for the Chelsea game where we lost 1-0. But regardless of superstitions, it's up to us to win on Sunday. If we do that and the gods are smiling, then other results might go our way."

Robson believes the need for three points against Portsmouth to stay up will "focus the minds" of his players. The Baggies are bottom and know a point against Pompey will not be enough.

Albion have arguably the easiest match, at home to Portsmouth who are already assured of Premiership football. Norwich and Crystal Palace are both away at Fulham and Charlton respectively while Southampton face Manchester United at St Mary's.

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