Date: 5th April 2017 at 1:52pm
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Head coach Tony Pulis has insisted their was no bust up with Watford head coach Walter Mazzarri despite the tense and tetchy game yesterday evening.

With a number of flashpoints on the pitch and around the dug out technical areas in West Bromwich Albion’s trip to Vicarage Road, the history books will record a two nil defeat but the real headlines certain around the reaction and behaviour of Mazzarri who had a go at both Craig Dawson, the fourth official and it appears anybody he caught sight of across the match.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail in his post game press conference, Pulis said that he hadn’t had a bust up with his opposite number there were certainly words with Dawson who accidentally bumped him following a challenge by the touchline in the second half.

Pulis joked that the Italian had been more animated ‘than me when I was younger’ but said he admired his passion and they did share a quick handshake at the full time whistle.

‘That shows a bit of passion. As long as he doesn`t over step the mark. There`s enough officials around now to sort that out if it happens. But I won`t be complaining about it. We shook hands just before the end. He did a Mourinho and shook just before the end.’

Reflecting on the defeat as West Brom lost for their first time at their ground in 23 years, Pulis felt it was a case of missed chances as he knew we had the opportunities to have taken something from the game.

‘We needed Chadli to score that chance first half. They scored and it gave them a massive lift. They dominated the first half until the quarter of an hour when we came back into it. Chadli`s free-kick, we needed that to go in, but it didn`t. The second goal we conceded was very poor. But really Chadders could have scored a hat-trick tonight. Brunty hits a great angled ball and he`s ten yards out. Usually he opens up his foot and side foots those in. Even Allan`s chance at the end hits Matty Phillips. It was going in and hits Phillips and comes out. I`m not going to criticise the players they`ve given it a go. They just lacked a little bit of quality and luck.’

Sky Sports have Pulis talking about tired legs given his pre game comments, but he wasn’t going to look to excuses as he knew our quality on the day had let us down ultimately.

‘I don’t want to make excuses. The quality in the final third could have been better and if we had that and a bit of luck to get that goal it would have set the team up. Goals change games. It was always going to be a tough game. We showed a lot more thought and put more pressure on them in the second half. We needed a goal, even at 2-0 it would have been a different game.’

Going back to the Mail’s coverage, Pulis praised Allan Nyom for his showing on his return to his former club and also spoke about taking James McClean off at the half time break – he had been shown a yellow for kicking out at Jose Holebas ahead of the break.

Pulis insisted it was to rest him rather than the risk of being sent off and that’s why Gareth McAuley and Jake Livermore followed him ahead of the hour mark being passed.

‘I targeted James and Gareth because they played the two full games. I really wanted to get them off.’

As for the booking, he added.

‘I`ll have a look at it afterwards, someone says he does kick out. Health and safety today I`m not sure how strong the kick was. They`re very competitive Watford and they do what they do well. They`ve got good pace and power. When they`re at it going forward they`re a good team.’

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