Date: 2nd May 2016 at 3:12pm
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Head coach Tony Pulis has admitted one of few positives from the loss to West Ham at the weekend was the debut of youngster Jonathan Leko.

Hosting Slaven Bilic’s side at The Hawthorns for the game, Albion went down three nil and Pulis knows our own wasteful finishing cost us as we had the chances to change the complexion of the match.

Speaking to in his post game press conference, Pulis wasn’t going to let 17 year old Leko pass without praise though.

‘Jonathan was fantastic. He’s a bit similar to Bolasie at Palace, he has raw pace and talent. He can be a great player but he needs to learn. Back in my day, you got taught by senior pros. That’s what these lads need. We’ve had three with us: Sam Field, Tyler Roberts and Jon…and they’ve got better and better. What he needs to do now is keep his feet on the ground.’

As for the game itself, Pulis was adamant that the scoreline did not reflect the balance of play, but the visitors took their chances when we didn’t.

‘We didn’t get the breaks. We needed a break and how Antonio cleared Gardner’s shot off the line I don’t know. The break that we deserved just wasn’t there. Their first two goals owed a little to good fortune – once you give a team like West Ham those goals, with the players they have, then they punish you. We have had plenty of chances – again, at home – but not put them away.’

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