Date: 9th May 2016 at 7:02pm
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West Bromwich Albion head coach Tony Pulis has said he felt the side had deserved all three points from the weekend’s game against Bournemouth.

Taking a one all draw at Dean Court in the weekend’s action but with a number of good chances, not least a fantastic double save from their keeper from Craig Gardner and the penalty spot, Pulis knew he couldn’t be disappointed with the efforts of the players on the day, but he knew they hadn’t got the result those efforts deserved.

Speaking to wba.co.uk in his post game press conference, a disappointed Pulis explained.

‘We’re disappointed, obviously, the players have worked so hard today. Bournemouth played the way they play, they didn’t really cause us many problems. We’re a little bit disappointed with one or two decisions. Harry Arter really should have been booked first half for pushing McAuley, then there’s a blatant handball which he also doesn’t get booked for, and the challenge on Fletcher is a straight red. The lads are also saying their goalkeeper was off the line for our penalty, I haven’t seen it, but Gards should still score. He’s really, really disappointed in there.’

With four penalties now missed out of five this season, Pulis knows that’s something we need to improve on.

‘We’ve had five penalties this season and missed four. We should blame ourselves for that, nobody else. The attitude of the players, the way we played, it just didn’t run for us in the final third. And then Dawson hitting the post, Saido with a great chance at the end. To come to Bournemouth and play like we did in boiling hot conditions against a good footballing team, who scored from a long throw-in, was very reassuring in lots of ways. We deserved to win the game.’

Speaking more about the missed penalty and the need to get the second goal on the day to wrap up all three points, he went on to say.

‘We needed that second goal but you can’t deny the commitment of the players, their attitude was absolutely fantastic. If it goes to 2-0 I think we go on to comfortably win the game.’

Failure to get the second goal, led to a late equaliser inside of the final ten minutes for the hosts, and that was frustrating.

‘It came off Yacob. I think someone shouted behind him and he’s not heard it and got the touch. But the two defenders behind should really be on their toes picking people up and their two players have run inside. We’re disappointed with the result but not with the performance.’

With Salomon Rondon getting his eighth of the campaign in the game, skipper Darren Fletcher was also interviewed at the full time whistle and he felt we would see the best of the striker next season.

‘I was delighted to see Salomon score. Salomon deserves the goal for his work rate. His work rate is brilliant and sometimes it goes unnoticed just how hard he works for the team. He isn`t getting as many chances as he would like but he does not stop working. I think he has had a fantastic first season in England but I believe we will see the best of him next year.’

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