Date: 12th February 2017 at 10:48pm
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Head coach Tony Pulis has been giving his thoughts on the draw with West Ham United at the weekend.

Travelling to the London Stadium for a first visit to West Ham’s new home, Albion took the early lead through Nacer Chadli but Slaven Bilic’s side hit back twice in the final 30 minutes to set up a nervy end.

That end was settled with a Gareth McAuley header in stoppage time although for some reason it now appears to have been credited to Jonny Evans.

In any event, speaking to Birmingham Mail in his post game press conference Pulis dealt firstly with one of the talking points from the game – West Ham’s disallowed goal.

With their manager raging about almost every decision on the day on the sidelines, Pulis believed match day referee Michael Oliver was spot on.

‘I don`t think it was a goal. The lad`s come from an offside position. What everybody`s missed is that he actually pushes Ben. When they slow it down, hopefully you`ll watch MOTD tonight (Sat) or whatever you watch, he pushes Ben as the shot`s being taken. He runs past Ben and actually pushes him so I don`t think it`s a goal. And it wasn`t a goal.’

With a number of penalty appeals on the day also waived away by the referee, Pulis went on to say.

‘I think the ref got most of those decisions right. The one I was disappointed with that he gave was Noble`s one. I think everyone can see that. That was one Mike got wrong.’

With Jonny Evans coming on as as a substitute to bolster us at the back early on in the second half and then being credited with the goal, Pulis said of his impact in the game that he had more of an impact than he expected.

‘Not at all. We were 1-0 up when I brought Jonny on. We`re really pleased. First half we played really well. Chadli was excellent, created and made us play through the pitch quickly. We had some good opportunities again, but we have to finish them. A bit like Stoke last week, we should have come in more than one goal up. Second half West Ham were the better team.’

Pulis went on to say.

‘They changed the system and fair play to Slaven. They played three at the back and pushed people on and rolled his midfield players on. That stretched us and caused us more problems. You`ve got to give him some credit and West Ham. When they get the second goal you`re struggling for it. But great character from the players. The tenacity, the energy and the enthusiasm to play for one another is there for all to see.’

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