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OPPOSITION VIEW: WEST BROMWICH ALBION

10 September 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Tony Pulis speaks with assistant manager Gary Megson at the Amex.

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis felt the effects of the international break took their toll on his team, but also admitted Brighton & Hove Albion were deserved winners at the Amex.

A number of West Brom’s playing squad played for their respective countries over the last fortnight, and Pulis touched upon the difficulty of preparing for Saturday’s game, which the Baggies lost 3-1.

He said, “The fact was that some of our guys had been away, the centre-half had played in Uganda and Egypt, the centre-forward had played in Venezuela and Argentina.

“Quite a few of the others had been around the world a few times, so the only training session we had was on Thursday - it’s been difficult.

“There are all sorts of excuses I could make, but let’s just say that Brighton were better than us, and keep it at that.

“They scored the goals at the right time and goals change games. If we had scored the first goal, it might have changed things.

“Full credit to Brighton, they got the three points. I like the club, it’s well run and I wish them all the best for the rest of the season."

Pascal Gross broke the deadlock moments before the half-time whistle, and Pulis felt the timing of Albion’s goals were instrumental in the outcome of the match.

“To concede a goal just before half time was a real kick in the goolies, and it gave them a massive lift.

“To be fair, in the first half - apart from the shot that came off Ben [Foster] and the lad [Duffy] tapping in for offside - Ben didn’t really have a lot to do.

“Without us doing anything much the other way, apart from Gareth’s [Barry] effort that the keep tips over.

“The second is a poor goal and kills us and lifts them once again. Going 3-0 down was the icing on the cake for what we had done.”

James Morrison pulled a goal back for the Baggies in the closing stages, and although Pulis was pleased to see a reaction from his players, he was reluctant to applaud his team for their performance.

“We livened up after that and they can take some praise for the last 20 minutes. I think the fact that it was 3-0, the players relaxed and Brighton took their foot off the pedal.

“You can spin it round and I’ve been in a position as a player where you’ve got nothing to lose, so I’m not really great at giving praise when you’re 3-0 down.”


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