Date: 6th February 2017 at 8:26am
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Head coach Tony Pulis has been giving his thoughts following victory over Stoke City last weekend and the starting debut of January signing Jake Livermore.

Beginning with his thoughts on the game as we hosted Mark Hughes’ side at The Hawthorns, taking a one nil victory with James Morrison’s sixth minute goal, Pulis told Sky Sports that he knew it was an important victory for us but he felt we should’ve added to the scoreline and made the game more comfortable for ourselves.

‘It was a big game for us. They are very close in the table. If you look at their squad, they have so much depth, which makes it a really good result for us. I thought we played really well. The worst thing about the first half was the half-time whistle. We should have come in at half-time three or four goals in front. We had fantastic opportunities. We have just got to be a bit calmer. They only had two chances.’

Pulis went on to say.

‘The way Chris Brunt, Nacer Chadli and James Morrison linked up down the left was fantastic. Soloman Rondon lead the line brilliantly and we are desperate for him to score a goal. Jake Livermore came in and was fantastic, especially second half when we looked a little tired. Stoke had a home game in midweek, while we had to travel up to Middlesbrough, and it seemed to take its toll on the players.’

The E&S have additional quotes from the gaffer on Livermore’s performance and he went on to explain that his starting debut obviously came around because of suspected apendicitis for Claudio Yacob but in any event he believed his should’ve capped his starting debut with a goal.

‘He’s going to be a good player for this club, he’s got lots of energy, lots of good attributes. He’s still wayward at times when he gets dragged out of position but he’ll get his hands dirty. We’ve got some good footballers, when you look at Morrison, Brunty, Chadli, Salomon as well, so we need a couple of people who can get their hands dirty when needed and second half I thought he was fantastic.’

Assistant head coach Dave Kemp also had positive words for our new midfielder.

‘We’re very pleased for him, he had an excellent debut. It’s good the home fans see him playing like that.’

The E&S also carry an update on Yacob, who having headed for hospital, was discharged with the all clear.

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