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Pulis delivers Albion rallying call

10 January 2015

Head coach prepares Albion for battle

TONY Pulis insists Albion will need more of the same after underlining the battle that lies ahead.

The Baggies boss was pleased to see his side win their first Barclays Premier League game on his watch - a 1-0 victory over Hull City, thanks to Saido Berahino's late goal.

But the challenge is only just beginning, with Pulis making it clear that Albion must continue to pick up points.

“There’s lot of work to be done, I think the crowd were very patient,” said Pulis.

“We will need them to be behind us. The important thing is that people have to recognise how tough this is going to be.

“People think I am just saying it to take the pressure off but just have a look at the Championship and how many teams are in there having spent years in the Premier League.

“The reason they have gone into the Championship is because they’ve got complacent, people around the place got complacent - without a question of a doubt and everybody took their foot off the pedal and almost accepted they were going to remain in the top flight, if you look at them. As soon as you do that you’ll get relegated. 

“And Complacency is the worst word in the dictionary. This club and everybody around the club has got to understand that this is a real dogfight till the end of the season. For us to stay out of it, everybody has got to pull together. That’s not just myself, the Chairman, the staff and the players. The supporters play an enormous part. As I said, they were brilliant today.  They were very, very patient and kept behind the players and we will need that from now until the end of the season."

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