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Pulis salutes Albion fans and players

21 November 2015

Albion boss meets VIP guest Les James

TONY Pulis saluted his players and Albion fans after the Baggies claimed their first Hawthorns win over Arsenal since 2005.

The Albion head coach watched his side claim their victory thanks to a goal from James Morrison and a Mikel Arteta own-goal.

Speaking afterwards, Pulis thanked the supporters who stuck by during a relentless final few minutes - which included a harshly-awarded Arsenal spot-kick, which Santi Cazorla planted over the bar.
I'd like to particularly thank the Albion fans - they really helped us during the final 10 minutes or so.
It was a tough period but they stuck with us.
I think there have been games where we've been disappointed that we lost so we'll definitely take this.
Arsenal played very well, especially in the second half. Sanchez and Cazorla are wonderful players so we're very pleased to get this win - the lads really deserved this result today.
We've played better and not got results so we're happy with our resilience and spirit.

There was confusion following Cazorla's missed spot-kick.

On that, and Mark Clattenburg's correct decision to not award Albion a third goal when Jonas Olsson's header hit the bar, Pulis added:
I thought he was going to ask them to take it again. I believe the lad kicked it twice but it was a soft penalty to start with. 
Replays showed ours didn't go over the line. It shows how much we need technology.

*LES James (Pictured above), who this week celebrated his 90th birthday, met Albion head coach Tony Pulis following today's game.
The Baggies supporter, who travels home and away, watched the game from the Regis Suite as the Club's special guest.
Before the game, Les had predicted a 2-1 Albion win...


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