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Pulis pleased with Sunderland point

21 February 2015

Head coach unimpressed with Graham incident

TONY Pulis urged Albion fans to not 'underestimate' their battling stalemate at the Stadium of Light - while laughing off claims that Joleon Lescott deserved more than a booking for his early tangle with Danny Graham.

The Baggies centre-half was deemed to have brought down Graham by the linesman during the first half.

But Pulis disagreed. He also felt Mike Jones was correct to rule out an Adam Johnson goal after Jermain Defoe was ruled offside later in the game.

Speaking about the two flash points, Pulis said:
"I’ve seen ladies on the High Street get hit harder than that and stay standing up so it wasn’t even a free kick let alone a blinking sending off. It wasn’t a foul for me. 
"As for the other one, wasn’t Defoe given as offside? If so then Defoe was inbetween Ben Foster and the ball being played so he was two yards offside. If he hasn’t then he (referee) has made a mistake as Johnson was level."

One the performance in general, Pulis continued:
"It was a difficult pitch to play on. We got no momentum and we never got going today. Sunderland brought three or four strikers on and kept putting balls into the box but the way we defended was fantastic. The resilience they’ve shown augurs well because we’re desperate for points.
"Ben didn’t have a save to make. But don’t underestimate this point – it is a massive, massive point for us."

Pulis also confirmed that he considered taking off Callum McManaman late on after the substitute picked up a knock after coming on.

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