Pulis - Well Beaten By Manchester City
Head coach Tony Pulis has been providing an update on Salomon Rondon following the injury he received in the defeat to Manchester City earlier this week.
Speaking to the Birmingham Mail in his post game press conference following the three nil defeat, Pulis admitted we had been soundly beaten on the evening.
'I think we`ve been a little unfortunate catching Chelsea when they needed to win against us and catching City when they needed to win against us as well. That makes it even more difficult. City deserved to win the game because they were better than us. Two goals in five minutes really set them up. The pleasing point from our point of view is that when they got the third goal, you`re staring down the barrel of a hatful of goals. But the lads really showed a lot of character in the last 20 minutes. The goal was important for us for goal difference.'
Pulis went on to add.
'I don`t think we`ve shot ourselves in the foot in respect of not trying and not having a go. There`s such a thin line between winning and losing at this level. You`ve got to take your chances and your opportunities. Not in this game. But we`ve been well in games, lost four 1-0 where we`ve had really good chances. And even against Chelsea on Friday night. The two opportunities we had before they scored the goal. If we score the goal we go on and win the game. That`s the difference. The thing you have to accept and get on with.'
As for Rondon more specifically, he was substituted in the 71st minute with a suspected hamstring injury but Pulis is confident that he'll shake off the problem in time to face Swansea City on Sunday in the 2016/17 curtain closer.
'Salomon looked as though he`d hurt his hamstring just before. He went in for a challenge and I didn`t want to take any risks with him. I thought Salomon played well. I just wanted to keep him for Sunday. I think he`ll be alright hopefully.'
Talking about the game as he gave that update, Pulis also praised the effort of the squad in the second half, knowing they gave their all despite the final scoreline.
'The big thing was their attitude. When they scored the third goal they could have easily thrown the towel in but they kept going the lads. They kept having a go. Having played Friday (Chelsea) and really worked hard. So to come here and keep going right until the end was good for me.'