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Pulis praises Albion medics following win

28 December 2015

Head coach pleased with result

TONY Pulis hailed Albion's sports science and medical staff for ensuring the Baggies were in fine shape for the victory over Newcastle.

The Baggies beat Steve McClaren's side thanks to Darren Fletcher's 78th minute strike.

But Pulis feels his players benefitted from the efforts of his back room staff.

About the victory and help of his staff, Pulis said:
The first ten minutes we should have been three up and the game could have been over but the longer it goes on the more we need to give Newcastle credit - they defended stoutly.
Thankfully the goal came at the end.
And we deserved it. Our fitness levels were superb. The work and recovery our medical staff have done to turn the players over from one game to the next deserves great credit.

Victor Anichebe was among the players to shine during a dominant performance.

His afternoon was cut short by a hamstring injury - with Jonas Olsson also forced off during the first half.

On Anichebe, Pulis added:
Vic is a top player. He showed that today. They just couldn't handle him and he did very well.
Fingers crossed he and Jonas will be ok for the Stoke game - it's been suggested that it might just be cramp.
Hopefully it won't be any more.

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