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Pulis: I take the blame for the defeat

24 May 2015

Head coach looks back on a pleasing campaign

TONY Pulis accepted responsibility for Albion's defeat at Arsenal - but looked back on an otherwise pleasing campaign during the second-half of this season.

Speaking after the 4-1 loss, Pulis said: 
"If anybody needs to take any criticism then it's probably me. 
"The Chelsea game took a lot out of the players and I maybe should have freshened it up a bit. There is always that dilemma as to whether you stick with the players who have got you results but obviously there is a chance they might have run out of steam a little bit.
"Of our last six games, four have been away. It's always easy to look back and say 'I should have done this, or should have done that...' but if anyone needs to take any blame then it's me.
"In the six games, we got 12 points which is fantastic. To play the way we did and get those results is excellent. Perhaps today was a game to far. I take the blame for that, I should have changed it."

On Albion's season overall he said:
"It's been a good season. This has been the toughest job I've had but I'm really pleased with the way the lads have competed and responded to what we've asked of them."

On next season...and his coming Tower-to-Tower challenge, Pulis:
"Next season? I'm now looking forward to being at Tower Bridge at the crack of dawn tomorrow knowing I'll spend seven days in a boat trying to get across the channel. Am I looking forward to it...? I'm not so sure that's the phrase I'd use. But that's now occupying my immediate thoughts."

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