Head coach has no complaints with dismissal
TONY Pulis blamed fine margins for Albion's defeat at Manchester United - but conceded that he could have no complaints with the late dismissal of Gareth McAuley.
The Baggies head coach believes his side were punished for two lapses of play, while Saido Berahino squandered a great chance to level when Albion were 1-0 down, courtesy of Jesse Lingard's opener.
Berahino sent his header over the bar, with United doubling their lead in the final throes of the game when McAuley was shown a straight red card after bringing down Anthony Martial. Juan Mata converted the penalty.
Speaking about the sending-off - for which McAuley will now serve a one-game ban - Pulis said:
Jonny Evans and Gareth were fantastic at the back and Fletch ran his heart out in midfield.
But we were punished by another straight pass as we were last week, for the second goal. That's something we'll have to talk about.
I can have no complaints with it (the penalty and sending off) according to the letter of the law.
On Albion's overall display, Pulis added:
The first goal was a poor one to concede. We had three people in between the goal and Claudio decided to join the line, which he didn't have to, and it left Lingard on the edge of the box.
It was a poor header from Brunty but if Yac came across he would've picked it up. It's always small margins against the big teams and when that happens they'll punish you.
Our plan was to keep it tight for the first-half in the hope the game would open up during the second-half and if there's a chance you want to drop to someone then it would be Saido - he missed a great opportunity for us.
We played the wingers on the opposite half in the first half because we wanted to be stronger in the middle and after the break we swapped them round to give McClean and Sessegnon more opportunities to get forward.
I'm disappointed for the players. They kept their discipline and shape but we were playing top class players and they punished us.