Date: 11th August 2015 at 5:53pm
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West Brom went down three nil last night at The Hawthorns to a rampant Manchester City, and head coach Tony Pulis was quick to shoulder the blame having uncharacteristically led with two up front for the match.

Audio – Pulis Holds His Hands Up

Speaking to wba.co.uk following the game, he explained.

‘Sometimes as a manager you hold your hand up. I wanted to play Saido and Rickie – which goes against everything I usually do against bigger teams, where I fill the midfield and go strong. What we did in truth was allowed Silva too much room in first half and he was able to dominate the game. The thought of playing the two up front in the first home game was to try and be positive. So it’s my responsibility, my fault. We played into their hands in the first half.’

Nice to see Pulis acknowledge that so quickly as few gaffer’s ever do.

Moving on from the game though, with the presenting of new record signing Salomon Rondon ahead of the game, Pulis confirmed that he hadn’t yet finished in the transfer market this year if he can help it.

‘We need to strengthen the axis of the team. We will try to do that during the coming period. But as I’ve said before they have to be the right player. Any player we bring in has to strengthen the squad.’

As for Rondon more specifically, he confirmed it might be a short while before we see him in action because he is short of match fitness, but that shouldn’t take too long.

‘He’s a little bit short fitness wise so we will see where he is before our next game against Watford. Salomon a good age and we hope he’ll be a good investment for the club. He has a good goalscoring record and he’s powerful, quick so it’s a great addition and hopefully it’ll be a good deal.’

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