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Pulis 'prays' for Hawthorns cup tie

24 January 2015

Albion prepare for FA Cup fifth round draw

TONY Pulis is hoping Albion will be handed a Hawthorns clash as the Baggies prepare for Monday night's FA Cup fifth round draw.

The Throstles head coach was pleased with his side's win at St Andrew's - on a day when Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton and Swansea got knocked out.

Albion will find out on Monday who they meet in the final 16 of the competition.

Speaking after the game, Pulis said: "I thought in the first half we were very good and deserved to be two nil up. The injury time goal gave them a lift. 

"And to give Birmingham great credit they came out of the blocks so we had to show a different, resilient side.

"It was a proper, old fashipned cup tie. Both sets of fans were wonderful. It was a tough game, lots of challenges and tackles, played in a manner you want it to be played in.

"I'm more concerned with our result than what's gone on elsewhere. The FA Cup, League Cup, whatever it need some luck in the draw and we want a home draw next time.

"You hope and pray for a home draw. That's what we want - a fifth round tie in front of our own fans."

Speaking about two-goal hero Victor Anichebe, Pulis continued: "Victor's ability has never been questioned. The big thing is keeping him fit. And if we got him to that level he'd be a handful. He was unplayable at times in the first half.

"We are coming in two thirds of the season so most of the work had been done with him but I would love to have Vic in pre-season because he is a handful. 

"If you sit down and talk to him, he's responsive. We have to get him fitter though."

Albion have until February 2 to strengthen their squad.

On the transfer window, Pulis added: "We have to get some players in. There are weaknesses in the team. We've had a look and it's unbalanced in a way where we need to put it right. 

"We want to be a side that's good in possession and out of possession. It's a massive 10 days for us."

Pulis also confirmed that Boaz Myhill would need an x-ray on a finger injury. The goalkeeper, who was caught by Lloyd Dyer as the two players challenged for the ball, split his finger.

Myhill is hopeful that scans will show no dislocation, but he is expected to require stitches.

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