Pulis Pleased Despite City Defeat
West Bromwich Albion head coach Tony Pulis has declared himself pretty pleased with the side's showing in last night's clash against Manchester City.
Hosting Pep Guardiola's side at The Hawthorns for the third round EFL Cup tie on Wednesday night, West Brom did go down two one on the evening, but having conceded extremely early on (third minute), Claudio Yacob got us back on level terms with 18 minutes remaining, but unfortunately Leroy Sane's quality shone through as he completed his brace to put them through to the fourth round.
Having spoken ahead of the game about how tough a match it would be, Pulis was pleased to see us push them so close and he had been pleased with the performance the players put in.
Speaking to wba.co.uk as he met with the media post game, Pulis explained.
'I thought it was a really good cup tie. 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.'
Pulis went on to say.
'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.'
With Northern Ireland international Gareth McAuley coming back into the squad following his injury problems over the summer, he got just over an hour under his belt before Matt Phillips came on as his replacement and Pulis explained.
'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.'