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Pulis urges Ideye to stay upbeat

16 January 2015

Head coach challenges striker

BROWN Ideye has been urged to retain a positive state of mind as he continues his search for a run of goalscoring form.

The Throstles striker has just one Premier League goal to his name this season, having netted a consolation in last month's game against Manchester City.

But Albion head coach Tony Pulis feels the one-time Dynamo Kyiv man is more than capable of hitting form, sooner rather than later.

Pulis said: "He needs a goal, more than anything else. The boy can't buy a goal at the moment and that's what he needs. 

"You have a look at what he did (versus Hull City), the effort and commitment he put in. He worked very hard, especially in the first half hour, he linked play very well and we're just disappointed he didn't score. 

"Had he done that we would have seen a different player. Confidence is such a big thing for strikers."

Pulis continued: "I've spoken to him a bit. I went back to Jason Puncheon missing a penalty (for Crystal Palace) last year at Tottenham...I said 'Punch' get on with it - there are worse things going on in the world. 

"People get on with it and carry on. English football is different to other football on the continent. It can take a lot for players to get used to the way football is here. 

"You have to give them time and assurance. That doesn't apply to just Brown but all top players."

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