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Pulis pleased with point despite 'Sunday stroll'

8 February 2015

Albion head coach reflects on Turf Moor stalemate

TONY Pulis was pleased with Albion's draw at Burnley - claiming his players tackled the first-half like a 'Sunday morning stroll'.

The Baggies came from two goals behind to claim a point at Turf Moor.

Speaking to the media after the game, Pulis said:
"We started like it was a Sunday morning stroll. It was a 12 o'clock kick-off and they looked like they were in bed.
"It was very slow, pedestrian. Burnley took great advantage. But they showed great commitment and deserved to be two goals up.
"The saving grace was the goal just before half time that gave us a lift.
"My words (at half-time) might have been harsher had Brunty not scored. The lads can take a lot from this.
"The main thing we can take is that we got something from the game so that's now one defeat in six since I came in."

The Throstles claimed the draw thanks to Brown Ideye's third goal in Albion colours.
On Albion's No.9, Pulis continued:
"We're hoping Browny can keep scoring. We have Saido, Brownie and Victor - they're our strikers, so we hope they can help us.
"Brownie hasn't played badly. He's just missed opportunities. And with goalscorers - especially when you pay that much money - you expect to score. So hopefully that will help his confidence because he's a good lad."

On Saido Berahino's omission from the first XI and Victor Anichebe's early injury, Pulis said:
"We have three big games so were looking after Saido a bit. Victor (Anichebe) has been in and done well but he felt his groin before the game but the big fella waned to play and start the game. 
"You could see after 15 minutes that he was struggling. 
"Saido is a good lad. He's not a bad person but he's had misguided information and advice because he never had that role model. It's not just Saido but all the way through football that can be the case.
"There is a lot of money floating around in football and bringing Fletcher in can help Saido too."

Another pre-match talking point was Pulis' decision to hand the armband to new signing Darren Fletcher. On that, Pulis commented:
"I spoke to Brunty yesterday. I think he's happy to give Darren the captaincy and concentrate on his football. 
"That was always on my mind. We need a leader in the dressing room and we have that in Darren as he showed, especially in the second half."

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