Date: 24th August 2015 at 5:10pm
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Head coach Tony Pulis has given his thoughts following Salomon Rondon’s performance against Chelsea and Callum McManaman and Chris Brunt have also been interviewed following the three two loss to the reigning Premier League Champions this weekend.

Starting with Pulis, he’s quoted by the Birmingham Mail as saying about our record signing.

‘The kid obviously hasn`t played for a while and to come in to play against the champions elect was tough. They know they`ve been in a game. The two centre-halves would know they`ve been in a game because he`s given them a real good game. He made one and was involved in the other one. We have to be careful with him because it will take time for him to adjust, but he`s shown some great attributes.’

As for McManaman, his interview was carried by and he felt we were unlucky not to have taken something from the match given how well we matched them for large parts of the game – obviously had Morrison’s early penalty gone in it could well have changed the match in our favour as well.

‘I think we played really well and matched Chelsea. It`s pleasing to know we played so well against the champions. We caused them plenty of problems before and after the red card. I think we gave them too much of a head start. If you let in three goals in any game it`s going to cost you points but you just can`t do that against Chelsea, it killed us in the first-half. We shut up shop in the second-half and defended better as a team. We looked really dangerous going forward so hopefully we can take that to Stoke next week.’

As for his own performance on the day he went on to say that he’s feeling good and fit and a lot sharper than he had been, especially the parts of last season he missed struggling with injury, so whilst he was disappointed to have not started the first two games, he didn’t feel his performance against Chelsea would hamper his chances of getting a run in the side now.

He also talked about how the group are starting to gel, and again he felt the overall showing compared to the first two games shows that things are starting to click for us now.

‘The squad is gelling together really well. I think once we have got ourselves sorted defensively as a team that will help massively. We showed today that we are good on the attack so there is plenty to look forward to. The new players have come in and settled really well which is obviously great for us.’

The next task though is getting that all important first win so we can kick on from there, and McManaman said there was a real belief that once we got that first three points we would go on a run.

‘I think once we find our first win, we will go on a run and win a few games. We showed today that we can compete with the better teams in this league and that gives us plenty of confidence. We obviously want to get points on the board as quickly as we can.’

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