Date: 26th September 2017 at 3:01pm
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West Bromwich Albion head coach Tony Pulis and record setter Gareth Barry have reflected on last night’s loss to Arsenal.

Heading to the Emirates Stadium for the game on Monday evening, West Brom had an early penalty shout waved away by the referee and although we had some decent chances in the game, an Alexandre Lacazette brace gave them all three points.

Speaking to wba.co.uk as he met with the media following the game, a disappointed Pulis explained.

‘We didn`t get the rub of the green in lots of ways tonight. I think the challenge on Jay is a penalty and a red card. We`ve also missed some really good chances.’

Pulis went on to say.

‘We`ve got to start taking these chances that we have been creating. We`ve come to Arsenal and taken the game to them in the first half which not many teams will do. They`ve been in the game. We tired in the second half though and the second goal kills the game.’

With 36 year old Barry making his 633rd top flight appearance and overtaking Ryan Giggs in the appearance charts, he spoke of mixed emotions following the result.

‘It’s obviously nice to reach the milestone, it would have been nice to get a positive result but it’s not to be and we’ll move on. I’ll look back on this day as a memorable one. There’s another game on Saturday. We’ve got Watford at home and it’s really important before the international break to get three points and into a good position in the league.’

With Barry wearing the armband on the night, he went on to say.

‘It was a nice touch from Jonny Evans, he gave me the armband before the game to lead the team out. It was a nice moment.’

As for the game, Barry knew the match could’ve gone differently had we got the early penalty shout.

‘It’s disappointing to take a defeat like that as we created a lot of chances in the first half, we could possibly have scored two or three goals and maybe had a penalty. It was disappointing to go in at half-time behind and then a penalty went against us. We worked all week with two up front to try and surprise them and I think first half it was clear, we got in behind them a couple of times and created a couple of good chances. Second half we didn’t have as much ball, didn’t have as much threat but we were in the game until late.’

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