Date: 23rd February 2017 at 7:31pm
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Head coach Tony Pulis has said he’s confident that West Bromwich Albion are fully prepared for the tests that will be Bournemouth and Crystal Palace in the two upcoming home games.

Hosting both sides at The Hawthorns, beginning with Bournemouth, and with both sides scrapping around near the bottom of the table, Pulis knows West Brom just have to focus on what we’ve been doing all season and he won’t tolerate anybody developing an attitude that suggests with good form this year as we push up in the top half of the table, that we simply have to turn up to take a win.

He wants the six points and he knows we’ll have to work hard for them against two of his former employers.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail in his pre game press conference, the Welshman explained.

‘The next two home games are going to be difficult games, because people will look at them and think they`re games we should win. They`re dangerous games for you – both Bournemouth and Palace a week later, they`re still in positions where they desperately need the points to stay in the Premiership. We`ve just got to make sure we`re right mentally and physically for those games.’

Pulis went on to say that with us doing better this year, obviously the expectations of the fans change but he has to make sure the players remain focused on what has made us perform better to begin with.

‘You have to understand and expect that the supporters will want and want, that`s just the way life is. We have to go out there and make sure we`re just honest and work hard enough. If it goes for us then brilliant – if not, then we just dust ourselves down and get onto the next game.’

With the fortnight break in the Premier League calendar, whilst some sides headed away for warm weather training camps, the notorious taskmaster actually gave the squad some time off to let their hair down and relax with their families and he feels that will have done them good, especially as we go into our second match in a row with a clean bill of health.

‘We`re okay – there`s one or two knocks and niggles that we`ll look at tomorrow, but generally they`ve come back from a couple of days off looking ready to go and refreshed. They`ve had three or four days off with their families, we could have taken them away but I spoke with Fletch, and the general consensus was that they would rather have a couple of days away with themselves and their families. With the school holidays, they were able to get away for a few days.’

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