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Pulis names strong side for FA Cup tie

3 January 2015

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) 

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