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Pulis reflects on Reds draw and 2015/16 campaign

15 May 2016

Pulis - We deserved more than 43 points

TONY Pulis was left to reflect on the missed chances that got away as his Albion side rounded off their 2015/16 campaign with a 1-1 draw against Liverpool.

Salomon Rondon opened the scoring with his 10th goal of the season, coming after superb individual play by 17-year-old Jonathan Leko, only for Jordon Ibe to level midway through the first half.

Rondon headed against a post in the second period as a dominant Baggies went close on more than one occasion in search of a winner but to no avail.

Academy graduates Tyler Roberts and Sam Field made their first-team debuts on a final day which saw Albion finish the season 14th in the Barclays Premier League on 43 points.

Pulis on the match...
"We had enough chances in the second half to win the game. I thought we got really sloppy in the last 20 minutes of the first half, stood off them.
"Their goal was a poor goal to concede, he has ran half the length of the pitch without anyone laying a glove on him. That was disappointing.
"But, overall, the lads again worked really hard, created better chances, opportunities and had more corners than Liverpool did in the second half but we need to put those chances away."

On Leko, Roberts and Field... 
"It was lovely to get the three kids on, Leko has played a big part in the last few games and to get Sam and Tyler on was fantastic.
"It gives everyone in the club a boost, everyone underneath the first-team, in the Academy - Mark (Harrison), Hoppy (Stephen Hopcroft) and the lads there, they work really hard.
"They need to know, given the chance, that if the lads are good enough then they will get the opportunity.
"These three lads have to come back after the close season be stronger, mentally and physically, and there's a chance, I'll give them a chance. I really do think they're good enough."

On finishing 14th on 43 points...
"I think we could have had more points than that, I think we deserved more points.
"It's such a thin line between winning and losing games. It's a great point obviously against Liverpool. Again, I'm just disappointed with the opportunities and chances created that we didn't win the game of football.
"We need to improve in lots of areas and, with the extra revenue coming in, we'll do our best to get the players in that we need. The club and team does need just that little bit more.
"The great thing is - we're still in the Premier League. And if you look around this area, we're the only ones in it."

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