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Pulis wants ruthlessness in front of goal

"We are getting into some wonderful positions"

ALBION have been urged to end their streak of “wayward finishing” in order to maintain Tony Pulis’s remarkable record against Liverpool.

The Baggies boss has never lost a contest against the Reds as a home manager and Sunday’s Premier League visit gives him another chance to extend that sequence.

But Pulis and the players have spent the week focusing on the shortfall that has contributed significantly to the disappointing defeats by Watford and Southampton.

“It’s been important to remind the players that we are getting into some wonderful positions – but not hitting the target,” says Pulis.

“We’ve been hitting folk in the stands more than the target.

“It’s been really frustrating for everyone. I believe it is a lack of concentration – when you look at the chances Nacer Chadli has had in both games, you would expect him to hit the target nine times out of 10.

“We need to put that right because it has been a frustrating couple of games for us.”

Pulis said he was waiting for the verdict of  “one or two” knocks before confirming his line-up for a fixture that has taken an extra twist with the revelation of his remarkable record against Sunday’s visitors.

“I knew about it but I was really hoping no-one would bring it up,” he said.

“Let’s hope it’s still intact after the game on Sunday. Liverpool have enormous quality and they will exert great pressure on us.

“We have to make sure the quality of our first pass to get us going forward is as it was against Arsenal. Our transition play in that game was excellent and we need to hit that level again.”