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Pulis: Time to prepare for next season

9 May 2015

Head coach thrilled to be safe

TONY Pulis was 'delighted' to see Albion secure safety before declaring: "Now we prepare for next season."

The Baggies, who drew 1-1 with Newcastle United, cannot be caught following Hull City's defeat to Burnley.

Pulis is already plotting 2015/16.

Speaking about survival he said:
"This was the toughest of the lot in lots of respects so I'm pleased personally for the players, the chairman, the staff and especially the supporters.
"We host the champions on Monday and we will look forward to that.
"I've had more stressful days and nights than what I've had previously.
"But we've done it. Twenty four points from 17 games - it shows how well we've done. It's been fantastic. They've done brilliantly.
"I am absolutely delighted. We're ok now. I'm flying out to watch a game tomorrow to prepare for next season."

On Albion's draw with Newcastle, Pulis added:
"Newcastle had more possession and play in the final third than we did but we had the clear cut chances.
"It was important we gave a performance. There is a responsibility on every club in the League to respect your supporters and we had 2500 here.
"The Barclays Premier League is the biggest league in the world so there was a lot for us to play for and work at."

Pulis explained his decision to leave Berahino on the bench.
"Saido looked tired at Man United. He had a lot of work off the field with the charity.
"He's 21 and led the line remarkably. He's been fantastic and needed a rest.
"Victor was fantastic and Saido did very well when he came on. Some of his work was top, top class."

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