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Pulis ready for Premier League challenge

9 January 2015

Albion head coach aims for improvement

THERE were very few empty seats left in the media room as Tony Pulis conducted his first pre-match press conference.

The Baggies head coach issued a clean bill of health for the game against Hull City, with Jonas Olsson (Achilles tendon), Youssouf Mulumbu and Jason Davidson (both on international duty).

Pulis pulled no punches about the task facing him following his appointment.

And among his first tasks is to turn around Albion's poor home form - they won just four Hawthorns' games throughout 2014.

Speaking about the TASK AHEAD, Pulis said:
"This a good club - it has all the infrastructure to be a big club in the Premier League. What we need is to get results to stay in the Premier League.
"This is more difficult because we have few games, less time to put things in place. 
"The club has been in the Premier League for a few years so there is a perception that follows that it should be a Premier League club but we have to earn that right.
"At Crystal Palace nobody gave us a chance so there was more of a seige mentality. 
"But the supporters here will need to play a massive part, especially at home. The record doesn't hide anything: only four wins in 2014. 
"We have to make sure we do better. We need to run around, put a performance in and make sure the fans are 100 per cent with us.
"I'm looking forward to the challenge. It's a tough one this time because we don't have many games and we're in a window - so we don't know what we have and haven't got. At Palace we were able to have a good look. So it's as difficult on the pitch, as it is off the pitch."

On the JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW, Pulis continued:
"The chairman has been very helpful in terms of understanding that we need players in - we want players in who will improve the squad.
"It's important we get better players in but this will be the tougest window because there isn't long and we have to get the quality in. 
"We've got everything here to be a Premier League club. But we need results to ensure we are."

Questions inevitably turned to leading scorer SAIDO BERAHINO, who will be looking to add to his 13 goal haul.
"Saido has been a pleasure to work with. He's been the first on the training ground every morning and the last to leave.
"What we need to make sure is he has a clear mind. We've had a chat about that and he's been smashing."

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