Date: 15th May 2016 at 9:32pm
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Head coach Tony Pulis has reflected on Sunday’s one all draw with Liverpool and explained that he felt we had deserved more this season from games in general.

Hosting the side at The Hawthorns for the final game of the 2015/16 Premier League season, Pulis, when speaking to wba.co.uk in his post game press conference, explained that for him the match itself was largely a reflection on the season when it came to chances being missed and potentially taking more than a point on the day.

‘We had enough chances in the second half to win the game. I thought we got really sloppy in the last 20 minutes of the first half, stood off them. Their goal was a poor goal to concede, he has ran half the length of the pitch without anyone laying a glove on him. That was disappointing. But, overall, the lads again worked really hard, created better chances, opportunities and had more corners than Liverpool did in the second half but we need to put those chances away.’

With Jonathan Leko getting more match minutes and playing his part in the opening goal by Salomon Rondon – netting his tenth of the season – there was also first team debuts for Tyler Roberts and Sam Field, and they came in for praise from the gaffer as well.

‘It was lovely to get the three kids on, Leko has played a big part in the last few games and to get Sam and Tyler on was fantastic. It gives everyone in the club a boost, everyone underneath the first-team, in the Academy – Mark Harrison, Hoppy (Stephen Hopcroft) and the lads there, they work really hard. They need to know, given the chance, that if the lads are good enough then they will get the opportunity. These three lads have to come back after the close season be stronger, mentally and physically, and there’s a chance, I’ll give them a chance. I really do think they’re good enough.’

With the point meaning Albion finish the campaign on 43 points and in 14th place, Pulis went on to say that he felt we should’ve finshed with more points on the board given the games that got away from us across the year.

‘I think we could have had more points than that, I think we deserved more points. It’s such a thin line between winning and losing games. It’s a great point obviously against Liverpool. Again, I’m just disappointed with the opportunities and chances created that we didn’t win the game of football. We need to improve in lots of areas and, with the extra revenue coming in, we’ll do our best to get the players in that we need. The club and team does need just that little bit more. The great thing is – we’re still in the Premier League. And if you look around this area, we’re the only ones in it.’

With the Player Awards being announced ahead of game yesterday, Pulis was unequivocal when it came to who should win the Player of the Season vote.

Speaking ahead of the game, he explained.

‘Darren Fletcher by a country mile. I don`t think people have made much of the fact that Darren will complete 38 games for the season. To play 38 games for us is just fantastic, especially when you remember the serious illness he overcame. He`s a fantastic player and leader of the team but he is also a wonderful ambassador off the pitch as well. He`s been playing for the last five or six weeks with an injury but he just keeps going. He sets the example that should inspire everyone. He`d be my player of the season by a country mile.’

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