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Pulis reflects on first defeat as Albion head coach

31 January 2015

Head coach feels poor start costly

TONY Pulis accepted that Albion handed Tottenham Hotspur their two goal start - as he reflected on his first defeat as Baggies head coach.

Speaking to the media after the 3-0 reversal, Pulis also felt Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was pivotal to Albion's failure to reduce the deficit.

On the general performance, Pulis said:
"The first 20 minutes were poor. I felt we started sloppy and gave the ball away too many times, didn’t play with any tempo and you’ve got to play with tempo, especially at home because you need the support behind you.
"We gave them a two goal lead and that was disappointing. We needed a goal and to be fair their goalkeeper was absolutely fantastic. 
"If you look at the opportunities and the chances and then look at the saves he made, especially the two before half-time. They were wonderful saves.
"And even in the second half we had good opportunities and chances and they got a penalty for a third goal which killed it.
"If we could have got a goal to make it 2-1 it would have lifted us and it would have put more pressure on them. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be.
"This week was a difficult week in lots of respects because of the window and you are doing stuff to try and line up and bring players in.
"It’s difficult for myself but we have got to get on and we have got to bounce back. We have to make sure that when we do play at home we play to a tempo.
"After 20 minutes we raised the tempo and I thought the tempo was better and we got after them and we stopped them from playing out and we played some good stuff.
"The opportunities we had... it was disappointing we didn’t score off the free-kick that we worked around the box. The breaks went for them and didn’t go for us.”

On Tottenham's third - awarded after Joleon Lescott was deemed to have handled the ball - Pulis continued:
"I thought Joleon was unlucky, very much so but the referee has given it.
"You can’t do anything about it. It was a top penalty."

Callum McManaman made his debut for the club.
Pulis was pleased, but explained that the midfielder wasn't fully fit.
"I thought he did well, I thought he looked bright but tired. He has not played for three or four weeks and he has had the flu.
"I wanted to start him. I wanted to give him the opportunity. I didn’t want to wait and bring him on. Hopefully he will have good week and we’ll look again before Burnley.”

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