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Pulis calls on fans to boost energy levels against Hull

Head coach targets three points against the Tigers

TONY Pulis is urging The Hawthorns to top up his players' energy levels in Monday's Premier League clash against Hull City.

The Baggies will go into that game in a buoyant eighth place after coming back strongly to beat Southampton at St Mary's Stadium in the last game of 2016.

Albion's triumphant squad curtailed any New Year celebrations by returning straight to the training ground for "rest and recorvery" before Pulis whisked them off to a hotel for the weekend.

The Baggies head coach is concerned that Albion have the energy to overcome the Tigers - and believes the fans can pay a key role in supplying it.

He said: "We really need a rousing Hawthorns atmosphere for the Hull game to give the players an extra lift."

"Our energy levels are bound to be down on normal and having the fans behind you can really make a difference.

"Three of our last four games have been away and it's been another really tough period.

"But we have averaged a point a game again and these lads have given us absolutely everything.

"I am sure our supporters have seen that and appreciate it.

"The players deserve a rousing reception and I am hoping the fans will be there in numbers to provide it.

"It can make the world of difference when you are tired."

As for Albion's team news, the Baggies have no fresh injury problems but do have a selection dilemma for Pulis up front.

Hal Robson-Kanu's superb winner at St Mary's Stadium and all-round performance has given Pulis a genuine problem following his decision to rest Salomon Rondon.

"Hal has been fantastic around the club and it's wonderful for the players to see that they have such a great back up to Salomon.

"I've got to admit Hal's performance has given me a real dilemma for the Hull game."