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Kelly explains Pulis role at West Ham

1 January 2015

Pulis meets players before West Ham draw

ROB Kelly revealed that new head coach Tony Pulis met the Albion players before the game, and at half-time, in their 1-1 draw with West Ham.

Kelly, along with Keith Downing and goalkeeper Dean Kiely, took charge of the Baggies side for the trip down to the Boleyn Ground.

But new boss Pulis underlined his determination to get his teeth into his new role.

He spoke to the players before today's game before offering some words of advice during the interval.

Pulis watched the game from the stand, flanked by Chairman Jeremy Peace and Technical Director Terry Burton.

Kelly said: "Tony came in and introduced himself to the players. 

"He said a few words and came down to half-time also to speak to the players. 

"He had one or two ideas but was very respectful of Dean, Keith and myself to manage the game."

Speaking about the New Year's Day result, Kelly continued: "I thought it was one of those games where we could have pinched it in the finish. 

"We got into a lot of good situations, we made some good chances but it's testament to the character and fitness of the players that we kept going."

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