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Pulis: That win is for the Albion fans

14 March 2015

Albion head coach dedicates to supporters

TONY Pulis emerged from the dressing room following the Stoke City victory with a buoyant message: "That one was for the fans."

The Throstles boss saw his side climb to 33 points after the win against his former club.

Pulis was mindful Albion needed a boost following two poor results previously.

The only disappointment for Pulis, in terms of the display, was referee Michael Oliver's failure to award a penalty when Geoff Cameron brought down Craig Dawson.

The other incident prompting debate was Oliver's decision to disallowed Brown Ideye's second goal when he was deemed to be offside - despite Asmir Begovic spilling James Morrison's shot at his feet.

Ideye poked the ball over the line but the striker had ventured offside as Morrison struck his shot. Pulis felt Begovic's save triggered a new phase of play, which meant Ideye should not have been ruled offside.

Pulis confirmed afterwards that Ben Foster would undergo a scan for a knee injury sustained during the second half, while Brown Ideye also suffered a knee injury.

Speaking about TODAY'S WIN, Pulis said:
"We looked a good team today.
"The one thing you have to do is make your home a fortress. The crowd was fantastic. The Stoke fans were good and our supporters rose to that and were fantastic.
"That win was for the fans. Today we played really well. It's a sigh of relief when you need a result."

"In the first half we played particularly and only the referee stopped us getting a couple more goals.
"There was the offside incident which I'm not sure about but the one for the penalty was poor. Michael will look at that and be very disappointed. That was as blatant a penatly I've seen for a long long time.
"As for the other one, I thought Begovic touched the ball and, from what they tell me, the lad should be onside again as it's back in play."

James Morrison was named man of the match by, but Darren Fletcher caught the media's eye. On FLETCHER'S performance, Pulis added:
"He has been a fantastic signing. He's a tremendous lad, his enthusiasm and energy levels are top class. 
"He looks as sprightly as any 20-year-old. He and Morrison dominated the midfield. 
"They've played together for Scotland and a lot of good stuff came from those two."

On playing former club STOKE, Pulis said:
"I had a great 10 years at Stoke and I left them in a good position. I had wonderful times there from when I joined, when the club were 14th in the Championship, to when I left.
"But today was about three points for West Bromwich Albion."

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