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Pulis: That was a rude awakening

4 April 2015

Head coach laments poor opening half

A 'RUDE awakening' was how Tony Pulis described today's 4-1 defeat to Queens Park Rangers.

The Albion head coach claimed his side paid the price for a poor first half in which they conceded three times.

Pulis was unimpressed with how the game unfolded.

"We powder-puffed our way through 45 minutes of Premier League football, which you can't do.

"Brownie (Ideye) missed a good chance before they score. 

"We should have dealt better with their first goal. The second goal was from a set play. Zamora scored a great third goal and the fourth goal shouldn't have scored because Charlie Austin tripped Gareth McAuley. That was a poor decision by the referee.

"There are a lot of things that go through footballers' minds. Getting to 33 points...people read social networks, social media and listen to the press who say they're safe. The one thing for sure is that if you're not on it 100 per cent you will get a rude awakening. And we that's exactly what happened.

"The players have to be full out. And we weren't, especially in the first half."

Victor Anichebe scored Albion's only goal during a much-improved second half.

But Albion never recovered from Youssouf Mulumbu's dismissal - he was shown a straight red card for raising his arm as he challenged Joey Barton.

Pulis continued: "We created more chances after the break. We scored one goal but should have scored two or three more and that's happened a few times now.

"As for Youssouf, his hand is up. He's jumped for the ball and Barton has gone into his arm. The referee will say he shouldn't have his arm up there."

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