Date: 8th February 2016 at 9:45am
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Head coach Tony Pulis has bemoaned West Brom’s worst ever away day showing since he joined the club following defeat to Newcastle at the weekend.

Losing the game one nil and with them having chances to have made the scoreline far more comfortable, whilst Albion failed to register a single shot on target, Pulis wasn’t pulling many punches when he spoke to in his post game press interviews.

Saying he sympathised with the travelling supporters following the ‘worst’ performance on our travels in his 13 months at the club, Pulis also knew that injuries certainly weren’t helping us and Jonny Evans had been ruled out for a few weeks ahead of the game as well having picked up a hamstring injury in the game against Swansea City in midweek.

He wasn’t however surprised to see the reaction of the fans at full time.

‘I’ve been with the club for over a year and that’s the most disappointing away performance we’ve had. We shadow boxed for 90-odd minutes. Newcastle was just better all over the pitch. It’s a disappointing result for us. Today I totally understand their frustrations. They’ve seen us score two goals in games at Chelsea and Liverpool but today we were just not good enough. It’s very disappointing.’

With Jonas Olsson, Gareth McAuley and Craig Dawson all picking up fresh knocks in the game themselves, it isn’t getting any easier on a fitness front and of course the transfer window is now shut and he knows we need players back sooner rather than later.

‘We need players back as quickly as possible but we’ve picked up more injuries. Jonas was feeling his hamstring, Gareth got a thigh injury and Dawson felt his ankle. We will see who is available for the Cup game.’

With on loan Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Alex Pritchard, getting 45 minutes in the game as he builds his own fitness having not played this year, he was one positive and he was interviewed after the game as well.

‘The lads have been good to me but people didn’t see my best on Saturday, even though it was good to make my debut for West Brom. It was good to get a taste of the Premier League. I was keen to get back in and get my fitness up because it’s been a while since I played and on Saturday I didn’t feel out of sorts and did feel comfortable out there with my fitness which was a big positive for me. The gaffer told me to get on the ball, get forward and get positive. I had a go and tried to be positive but it didn’t happen for us. Coming on you need to support your strikers, you don’t want them on your own – I think that’s what I can do for the team.’

Pritchard is however ineligible for the FA Cup replay against Peterborough and he went on to add about both games.

‘It wasn’t the result we hoped for. It was tough to be one nil down but I went out to try and change the game and change momentum for us. It won’t be easy at Peterborough but we need to be positive and try to get in the next round. The atmosphere will be rocking so we will need to overcome that. The main objective is to get wins. I’m at a new team and we need to put some performances in. We don’t want to look over our shoulders. We have to bounce back from this.’

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