Date: 9th November 2016 at 2:07am
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Head coach Tony Pulis reflected positively on last weekend’s victory over reigning Champions Leicester City, but he also spoke of adding more quality to the squad in the January window.

With eleven games played and three wins secured, West Brom sit in midtable going into the November international break – well we’re in it – and facing his usual post game questions from the media with talk of being too defensive, Pulis said he felt the players had listened to a slight change of tact for this game that maybe the opposition hadn’t expected.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail he explained his delight at our attacking intent and self belief in the game.

‘We played well going forward. We were more committed. We played around people today and through rather than playing square and backwards and we got our just rewards for it.’

With a good defensive display as well, there were clearly positives all over the pitch for the gaffer as we took three points from them for the first time in over a year at their ground.

‘It was a good performance by everybody. I`m a great admirer of the way Leicester play, they play through the pitch very quickly, they get it wide, they`ve got four exceptional wingers. And they play with great tempo and great commitment so we had to match their commitment. We played the wingers on the opposite side and they tucked in to make sure we were around the ball a lot more. If you get stretched against them they`ll pick up balls and they get it out wide quickly and then Mahrez and Musa, they can do so much damage. We`re very very pleased.’

With us playing Leicester, and their Jeffrey Schlupp heavily being linked during the last transfer window a question or two about him for January appeared, and Pulis wouldn’t rule it out, but he knew it would be difficult to land the 23 year old this time of asking – especially having reportedly gone from £9million up to £13million for him over the summer.

‘He played Wednesday last week so I don`t see him being sold if he is in the team. If you look at their squad now they`ve got good depth. That`s good investment with the money they deservedly earn from being in Europe, which is a massive pot of money.’

Going back to the game there was also praise for goalscorer Matt Phillips, and Pulis felt that once the player had more confidence in himself, he’s be even more productive on the pitch.

‘Matt’s biggest problem is his confidence in his own ability. He’s got all the tools and he’s a very, very good lad. Too nice at times. He’s got everything and he’s just got to believe in himself now.’

With Schlupp whetting the appetite for January questions, Pulis went on to explain he wanted to be selective in January to really focus in on key additions.

‘I’ve got to be honest I’d like to bring some younger players in to move us on. We have to bring more quality in. I’ve spoken to the Chinese owners and instead of signing five or six players we’ve got to bring in one or two like Nacer Chadli, a bit younger with legs, but also have the quality as well that will help us out, because the spirit and togetherness of the group is absolutely first class.’

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