Date: 14th February 2016 at 2:42pm
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Head coach Tony Pulis has praised the determination and work rate of the players following a heavy rearguard action in the game against Everton yesterday.

Taking the early lead through record signing Salomon Rondon at Goodison Park, Albion held tight at the back to take a clean sheet against what was an onslaught from the hosts.

With the victory being much needed, as were the three points, Albion moving onto 32 points for the season buys a bit of breathing room again.

Speaking to in his post game press conference, a delighted and no doubt relieved, Pulis explained.

‘Two things – firstly it’s nice to win at Everton because at our place we were 2-0 up and they beat us 3-2. We played well that day and I was pig sick that day so it was nice to get one back on them. Also, in the game itself we were resilient. We had to defend for our lives, but we have to remember Everton had a free midweek after a great result at Stoke. To go to Everton and get a result was fantastic, especially after 120 minutes and penalties against Peterborough.’

With the win taking us to 32, he went on to add.

‘We want 40 points. It’s not worrying about others, it’s about getting 40 points ourselves. We need to wash our mind away from it. If we get those points, brilliant. Too many people worry about others and what other people are doing in this country.’

Yes Tony, because a lot of the time it can be just as important as what you do yourself and the only thing Albion have achieved of late is in telling other people what they should be thinking.

More three points and some entertainment as opposed to struggles and things like that won’t bother anybody.

Going back to the game, Pulis also said he’d have a word with James McClean who reportedly had a spat with Everton fans during the game – and he was of course substituted before he was sent off in the game.

The Birmingham Mail carry.

‘Whether that`s true or not. There`s other things that have gone on with the crowd today and I don`t want to talk about it. If James has got involved then I`ll speak to him. This football club is a fantastic football club and the supporters are wonderful. I like the city and I like the intensity and the passion this city has got. It`s always lovely to come to this ground. I`ve great respect for it so I won`t complain about the supporters moaning and groaning.’

As for the other things with the crowd yesterday, a plastic bottle was thrown and landed nearby Pulis ten minutes from time, and he said simply.

‘I`ve had worse thrown.’

Pushed further on Everton’s dominance, Pulis wouldn’t be swayed about our style of play.

‘What defending? What you`ve got to look at and recognise is that the Premier League is not a level playing field. There`s clubs that have got players, budgets, facilities a lot better than yours and you`ve got to find a way of winning. And that`s what I do and try and do. Find a way of winning and get to those points.’

Instead of the normal Villa defence to recent attempts on target, he did however acknowledge the dip and the lack of entertainment by adding.

‘We played some really good stuff at the start of the season. We`ve dropped off for all sorts of reasons. But we`re in the fifth round of the FA Cup and we`ve got 32 points with 12 games to go. So hopefully we can have a really good end to the season.’

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