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Pulis hoping for prolonged FA Cup run

5 January 2015

Head coach aims for FA Cup run

TONY Pulis believes an FA Cup run would help re-energise Albion's season.

The Baggies head coach watched his side, in his first game in charge, claim an emphatic 7-0 win against Gateshead in Saturday's third round clash.

The draw for the fourth round will be tonight, with Pulis keep to embark on a cup run.

Pulis spoke about his desire to do well in cup competitions, having tasted an FA Cup final with Stoke City in 2011 - a game they narrowly lost 1-0 to Manchester City.

Albion have not had a cup run of any note since reaching the FA Cup semi-finals in 2008, losing 1-0 to Portsmouth at Wembley.

Pulis is keen to end that run.

"With cup compettions you need to be fortunate with the draw," said Pulis.

"If you're blessed to go through the fourth round then you hope and pray you will keep going.

"The FA Cup is very special for me. And you only have to ask the people of Stoke-on-Trent how much it meant to them a few years ago.

"It's not just good for players and the team but it's wonderful for supporters. 

"It was always the biggest and most special game for me. Apart from World Cup it was the only game you could watch live."

Pulis selected a relatively strong side for Gateshead game.

He explained his selection.

"If you prepare the players right, and set them up right, then they should be able to cope with the number of games," he continued.

"I felt we looked a bit apprehensive early on but we got better.

"We hope this will give us confidence."

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