Date: 24th February 2017 at 11:43am
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Head coach Tony Pulis has now held his pre game press conference ahead of West Bromwich Albion’s clash with Bournemouth tomorrow.

As ever, Pulis press conference’s can often cover a wide variety of topics as he doesn’t mind sticking his oar in on other issues surrounding football in any given week and today’s news is dominated by the decision of Leicester City to sack Claudio Ranieri.

At least for part of the press conference, as cover by the Birmingham Mail, Pulis wanted to remain on track and focus solely on the upcoming game and not other issues.

He wasn’t getting sidetracked by talk of an outside run for the European places either – as it would be an outside run in reality, even with the prospect of a Manchester United win in the League Cup final over Southampton meaning the top seven would qualify for European competition this year.

‘All I`m concerned about, and I keep saying it, is Bournemouth. The most important thing on my mind now and when I wake up tomorrow is just winning that game against Bournemouth. I`m not concerned about anything else.’

In true Pulis style he went on to say.

‘How many times do you want me to say the only thing is the Bournemouth game. People who look further than that are not in the mold they should be in. I`m concentrated on getting one thing right and that`s that game against Bournemouth.’

So thoughts for Bournemouth…not really, but Sky Sports have him reflecting on the season so far and our current form so it’s safe to say he’s confident of picking up another victory as long as we perform.

‘For the previous two seasons the home form wasn’t as good as we wanted. We’ve turned it round and scored plenty of goals. There’s few things better than winning games and scoring goals in front of your home fans. We’ve done that and that’s nice. I think we needed to get results for confidence at home. Hopefully we can continue our home form and move on to another level.’

He also confirmed that a couple of players would undergo late fitness tests as there were a few niggles in the camp.

‘We`ve got one or two niggles, I`m not sure if there`ll be okay or not. A view will be taken later on.’

The duo in question could be Nacer Chadli and James Morrison who both apparently felt their hamstrings following the West Ham draw, but obviously with his introduction as a substitute, Jonny Evans probably comes back into contention for a first start in nearly two months as well this weekend as his calf seems to be fine.

There were of course some thoughts on Ranieri, and the Mail also quoted him saying that he was ‘disappointed’ with the decision, suggesting the club as a whole had got ‘carried away with the publicity’ of the Premier League title win last year.

In any event he certainly wasn’t surprised given what football is like now.

‘I`m disappointed. Am I surprised? I don`t think you can be surprised by what happens in football at times. You have to be focused on the next game and nothing else. Sometimes people lose focus, direction and get carried away with the publicity and everything that surrounds it.’

Adding, with possibly a hint to our own squad given the year we are having.

‘I`m always disappointed if a manager leaves but this is the Premier League, this is football. My argument is that you have to be focused on the next game, because in management it turns so quickly. You have to be absolutely focused on the next game. You can`t take your foot off the pedal. I`m afraid if you do that and start to get relaxed and take things for granted it`s the worst game in the world for kicking you up the backside.’

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