Date: 22nd February 2016 at 1:00pm
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Head coach Tony Pulis has now given his reaction to the defeat to Reading at the weekend and also partially hinted he may not be with us come the new season.

Beginning with his reaction to the three one defeat – having covered his reaction to the disgusting coin toss elsewhere – Sky Sports have him saying about the game.

‘The two set plays that we conceded – and we’ve been very good defending set plays this season – were poor and it wrestled the game away from us in many respects. We still had two really great chances at the end which we’ve missed but credit to Reading and I hope they get a good draw. When you come to clubs like Reading or clubs in the Championship and lower down, the one thing they are very good at are set plays. You have to deal with it, you have to defend it. We did okay with it first half, we defended that well. We scored the goal and just switched off. I’ve seen the two goals and it’s really people switching off, not doing their jobs. You can’t legislate for that.’

Pulis went on to say.

‘I’ve picked a strong team and the disappointing thing is Jonny Evans coming off with a hamstring injury late on. They get their third goal with Jonny off the pitch, he was behind the goal off the pitch when they scored. He’s going to be out for a few weeks now as well.’

Sadly it’s just a ‘different day, same old’ when it comes to his comments after the match. Reading was what we’ve seen in more games than not although Albion did manage two shots on target against our Championship opposition.

Plenty of media on Sunday were looking at the potential cost of Tony Pulis’ stay in the Premier League at all costs way of playing and giving their own thoughts and I’ll leave that to them.

As for the comments that have raised a few eyebrows about his potential future at The Hawthorns, with plenty of questions being asked in the fanbase about the style of play, entertainment and the like already well known, he was quoted after the game as saying simply.

‘The chairman and I will sit down at the end of the season and see where we go from there.’

Some will take that as being a clash over what to do with Saido Berahino with Pulis making no secret of the fact really he preferred the sale so he could reinvest elsewhere and it was known he wanted to do more business over January but needed bodies out first – but equally plenty will say it’s about uncertainty over the future with the club up for sale.

With some fans and some media already questioning his often reference to the Aston Villa game when glossing over a failure to find the target – let alone score – in some matches – it could even be a play to apply pressure so he gets more of what he wants in the summer to bring an end to the criticism or he’ll walk?

It is the first time he has hinted towards the future though, so maybe a tipping point has been reached?

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