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Frustration piles up for Pulis

No way we deserved to lose, says Baggies boss

TONY Pulis admits he and his Albion squad are boiling over with frustration after another Hawthorns disappointment at the hands of Leicester City.

The Baggies head coach watched his team dominate much of the game against the Premier League champions but go down to a solitary Jamie Vardy goal - the Foxes' only shot on target.

"It's yet another game where the players have walked off the pitch certainly not having deserved to lose," said Pulis.

"I cannot fault them other than that little bit of clinical finishing that we can't deliver at the moment.

"But we also need a bit of luck. That was epitomised probably by Craig Dawson's header which was on its way but struck Chris Brunt on the back. Their keeper would have had no chance saving that but those are the kind of breaks we're getting at the moment."

Pulis acknowledged that the Baggies' blank leaves this team holding the unwanted record of having failed to score in five consecutive league matches.

"Of course that's disappointing but I would be more concerned if we were not making chances and getting into good positions," he added.

"The fact is we've had 16 attempts again, including some really good openings, without finding the target.

"I cannot fault these players or how brilliantly they've done and I'm not going to start criticising them now. They've given it everything and they continue to give it everything.

"There's no lack of effort, no-one's taking it easy, we've got four games left and we're still determined to hit that 50-point mark - we've not given up on anything yet."

Pulis' team selection brought an end to captain Darren Fletcher's remarkable 86-game streak of consecutive Premier League starts.

And Pulis made a point of paying tribute to his skipper.

"Darren's stats in the last couple of games have just been down a touch, which are the signs of a player needing a rest," he said.

"He's a fantastic professional and a top, top player. We'll hopefully get his contract sorted out very shortly because he's still a vital figure in our plans."