Date: 22nd November 2016 at 11:58am
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Head coach Tony Pulis has praised Salomon Rondon for upping his game following victory over Burnley on Monday evening, and he also had praise for the fans.

With West Brom taking their biggest victory of the season with a four nil win and goals coming from Matt Phillips, James Morrison, Darren Fletcher and Rondon himself, Pulis was obviously a happy man at the full time whistle.

The game was also Craig Dawson’s 100th Premier League appearance.

Speaking to Sky Sports in his post game interviews, Pulis said of the striker.

‘Last year was a bit of a struggle for him. He couldn’t speak much English. His children have got their school and I think the children speak better English than Salomon does. He understands it now so he has become a bigger part of the group. If you go in the canteen, he sits with the players whereas before he would follow Claudio Yacob a little bit worried about not understanding the lads. He’s a good player and he’s certainly upped his game from last year. Obviously he wants to score every week not just play well so it’s lovely to see him on the scoresheet.’

Clearly being more settled is having an impact on his performances and he is going from strength to strength and long may that continue.

As for the game itself, with us having a solid lead at the half time break, Pulis went on to say about the game that gave us our third clean sheet of the year.

‘We’re pleased. I think we scored the goals at the right time and we grew in confidence from there. I’m really pleased with the clean sheet. Obviously the four goals are brilliant for the supporters and everyone else but it’s always nice to have that solid base. It’s a pleasing performance and a pleasing result. Burnley are a good side and never stop so you’re on your toes hoping that fourth goes in so you can relax a bit.’

Pulis went on to add.

‘We’ve watched them quite a few times and if they get set they’re very hard to break down so we wanted to drop off a little deeper and allow them to come on to us so we could play James a little bit further up in the pockets. It’s nice when you work on something and it comes off. It’s a great result and the most important thing now is to prepare for Saturday at Hull which is another massive game for us. I’m very, very pleased we’ve won tonight. It’s a very important result for us. Like I say, the important thing now is the Hull game and making sure we’re ready for that.’

With Saido Berahino’s statement and his return to France, Pulis was also questioned about him post game and the Daily Star have him quoted as saying.

‘Inwardly he`s looking at himself now, not everybody else and that`s the way he will get better. The most important thing now is to leave the kid alone. I`ve spoken to him today and he`s fine. He needs to get himself sorted out. We all have to let him get on with it and, fingers crossed, he will come back and get back to the sort of form we know he`s capable of.’

Going back to the game, Pulis also had praise for the fans who attended despite it being televised and not the best of nights weather wise.

The Daily Mail have him saying.

‘It’s a great result, to score four goals. It’s been a dreadful day (weather) and I thank the supporters for coming because they could have easily sat in and watched it on TV so they deserve a lot of credit. I’m so pleased we’ve put a performance in and scored four goals for them. The players and myself and everyone connected to the club say thank you to them.’

Pulis went on to say.

‘We are pleased. I think we scored the goals at the right time and we grew in confidence from there. But I’m really pleased with the clean sheet as well. Of course the four goals are what the supporters and everyone watching wants but it’s really nice to have a solid base from which to build on.’

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