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Pulis keen to maintain momentum

Baggies out to secure back-to-back league wins

TONY Pulis has called upon his Albion side to pick up where they left off before the international break as they prepare to host Burnley at The Hawthorns tonight.

The Baggies signed off with arguably their finest performance of the season so far to secure a 2-1 win against Premier League champions Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

That came 15 days ago - since which the bulk of Albion's ranks have been away with their respective nations in what was the final international break until March.

And now the focus has returned to domestic matters, Pulis is hoping his side can reproduce the level of performance that secured all three points against the Foxes when the Clarets arrive in town this evening (ko 8pm).

The Albion head coach said: "I think there's been spells in games this year where we've played really well and then dropped off, and I think at Leicester, for 90 minutes, we kept a really good tempo about the way we played.

"That's what we've got to try and do.

"It will be a tough game on Monday night, we know that, but every game in the Premier League is a tough game.

"I just want the players to play with spirit and togetherness, and there was that in bundles against Leicester."

Pulis added: "I think in the Leicester game we most probably had a little bit more confidence about us from the start and that makes a big difference with the players."

Albion head into the fixture having taken 13 points from their opening 11 matches of the campaign.

In-form Burnley, promoted as Championship winners, sit one point higher having enjoyed an impressive start which has seen them collect seven points from their last three matches. 

The Baggies triumphed 4-0 when the two sides last met at The Hawthorns in 2014/15 - a fixture which was also shown live on Sky Sports.

And Pulis is looking forward to Monday night football under the floodlights in front of Albion's home support.

"We're coming into a period when most games will be evening games now winter is drawing in, the floodlights will be coming on at half-time in all the Saturday afternoon games," he said.

"What we've got to do is put in a performance like we did against Leicester, if we can repeat that performance and play as well as the players can play, individually and collectively, then it should be a good game."