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Pulis plans derailed by sickness bug

19 December 2015

Head coach has no complaints about red cards

TONY Pulis revealed Albion's pre-match plans were derailed by a sickness bug - with Chris Brunt, James Morrison and Darren Fletcher struggling before the game.
The trio all requested to play but came off during the game.

"We started flat but we had four or five players who turned up who had been sick during the night.
"The doc had them in but they wanted to play given how well things had gone for us last week. 
"It was the three I brought off who weren't well but they all wanted to play."

James McClean and Salomon Rondon were dismissed for violent conduct.
Pulis had no complaints.
Although he wasn't happy with Mike Dean's decision to not award Albion a free-kick following Adam Smith's challenge on McClean moments before the Ireland man retaliated.
He was also unhappy that Dean gave Bournemouth a penalty when Fletcher tangled with Dan Gosling - an incident which appeared to happen outside the box.

"For the first 20 minutes we looked flat - they were the better team - and obviously the sending off didn't help. That was a reckless challenge.
"The disappointing thing for me, is that Smith caught McClean 30 seconds before and McClean didn't let that go. You can't condone that but if Mike Dean gives a free kick for the first one then it wouldn't happen.
"And the penalty was outside the box. You can't be giving decisions like that unless you're absolutely sure.
"The second red card was crazy. Rondon shouldn't be doing things like that. We've no incling of anything like that - we've never seen him react like that."

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