Albion midfielder claims head coach key to Stoke victory
JAMES Morrison claims the Tony Pulis factor finally helped Albion end their Hawthorns' hoodoo against Stoke City.
The midfielder enjoyed one of his best games of the campaign in Saturday's 1-0 victory against Pulis' former club.
It was Albion's first win on home soil against the Potters since 2003.
Morrison said: "Our record is pretty bad against Stoke. It's probably down to Tony now he's on our side - they always seemed to beat us when he was manager there.
“He just wanted a reaction. That’s all you can do when you get a defeat.
“We worked as a team. The lads fought for each other and when someone was out of the game people filled in.
“We broke well and on another day we could have had more goals."
Morrison was denied a brilliant individual goal after weaving past several players during the second half - a passage of play bizarrely left on the cutting room floor by broadcasters.
His partnership with Darren Fletcher also caught the eye.
“Obviously I have played with Darren for many years for Scotland," continued Morrison.
"I know his game and I think he knows mine and we slotted in perfectly.
“He has slotted in perfectly - he’s a great lad, he’s a leader and he barks his orders.
“He’s got that respect and he deserves it for what he’s done in the game."