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Pulis pleased with Cup win

Head coach praises fans' efforts

TONY Pulis was pleased to see Albion book their place in the next round of the FA Cup - praising Baggies supporters for their commitment.

It was the third long-distance game for Albion supporters since last midweek, with tonight's trip to Bristol following long journeys to Chelsea and Southampton.

Pulis hopes to reward them with an FA Cup run - starting with next weekend's Fourth Round tie against Peterborough.

On the FA Cup, Pulis said:
We're pleased with the result We picked a strong tam - I have tremendous respect for the Cup.
And once again the Albion fans have been brilliant. We've had a lot of games in a short space of time and each time the support has been brilliant.
And hopefully we can do well in the Cup.
I was brought up in the 60s and 870s when the FA Cup was special. It's the best cup competition in the world.
I've taken another club to Wembley and I'd love to do so with the Albion.
The pitch was difficult tonight and got worse as the game wore on. The players' attitude was first class.
So we know what we have to do because if we're not right Peterborough could come to our place and beat us so we have to be ready for them.

Albion's goal was scored by Salomon Rondon. Pulis was impressed by his contribution.
Salonon will be a good player. He started well, has missed chances he would normally score but he's found the intensity difficult to what he's been used to before. 
But he is getting there. The players love him because he's a genuine kid and very popular.

The only negative from tonight's win was a calf injury suffered by Chris Brunt. Pulis does not yet know how long it will keep the Northern Ireland man out for.
Chris has pulled a calf muscle so that's not good.
We've had a tough run of games and we've picked up injuries, which is disappointing.
We don't yet know how long Chris will be out for, but it's a problem for us.