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Pulis: We gave them a really good game

20 September 2017

TONY Pulis was full of praise for his players after they went toe-to-toe with Manchester City in Wednesday night's narrow 2-1 Carabao Cup defeat.

Goals from Leroy Sane either side of Claudio Yacob's strike was enough to send the Baggies out of the competition, but Pulis was encouraged by his side's display.

"I thought it was a really good cup tie," said the Albion boss.

"They scored a goal after a couple of minutes and it set us back, but the big difference in the second half was that we really wanted to get after them and press them all over the pitch and I think we did that.

“The big disappointment in the first half was that we kept giving the ball away. We worked really hard to get it and then we'd just give it straight back.

"At half time we had a really good chat about it. We had to keep the ball better and we did that in the second half.

"We gave them a game in the second half, a really good game - and I’m disappointed that I’m stood here not having won the game, never mind drawn it."

Pulis was also pleased to see Gareth McAuley get back on the pitch after the Northern Irishman completed just over an hour before being replaced by Matty Phillips.

"Gareth could have played 90 minutes against Walsall in the Checkatrade Trophy yesterday but I had a chat with him and he wanted to play in this game.

"He’s a great lad and he’s had a good hour today so that will help."


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