Seven players included from West Ham draw
NEWLY-APPOINTED head coach Tony Pulis named a strong Albion XI for his first game in charge as non-league Gateshead were the visitors to The Hawthorns in the FA Cup third round (3pm ko).
The Welshman named seven players in his starting XI who lined up in the 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw at West Ham just 48 hours ago.
In came fit-again pair Sebastien Pocognoli and Victor Anichebe, defender Craig Dawson and goalkeeper Boaz Myhill.
Despite officially taking his first game at the helm, Pulis has again – like he did at Upton Park – vowed to watch the game from the stands in order to get a better view of proceedings.
Albion: Myhill, Pocognoli, McAuley, Dawson, Baird, Morrison, Brunt, Dorrans, Sessegnon, Anichebe, Berahino.
Subs: Foster, Wisdom, Yacob, Mulumbu, Varela, Samaras, Ideye.
Gateshead: Bartlett, Jones, Curtis, Clark, Oster, Gjokaj, Turnbull, Baxter, Rankine, Rodman, Pattison.
Subs: Wilson, Chandler, Shaw, Guy, Ramshaw, Allan, Wright.
Referee: Andy Madley (West Yorkshire)