Date: 11th February 2016 at 11:29am
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Head coach Tony Pulis wasn’t best pleased with the performance of West Brom in last night’s penalty victory over Peterborough in the FA Cup fourth round replay.

The victory did set up the fifth round tie against Reading, but ending one all at full time and extra time, needing Ben Foster to save twice from 12 yards – well it wasn’t the best of nights for the club again.

Ben Foster sung that hymnsheet pretty quickly as he apologised to the fans when speaking the BBC after the game.

‘It wasn’t easy, it was a very tough game. Fair play to Peterborough, they pushed us all the way. We knew they would try to get on top of us and they came at us from the start. It was a decent cup tie. I have to apologise to our fans, I should have saved their goal. It got a deflection and some of the pace was taken out of it, it was scrappy. But we reacted well and got the goal back quickly. After that I thought we were the only one team that looked like scoring.’

The Birmingham Mail have Pulis (going back to him) quoted as saying he didn’t feel any relief at the end, as it wasn’t a game for it – he was just pleased to get through it.

‘The FA Cup is about getting to the next round, irrespective of how you do it, and that`s what we`ve done. As the game went on we probably had the best opportunities.’

Pulis went on to talk about Saido Berahino’s late header in the game given it was the best opportunity of the lot on the day in reality.

‘With Saido`s header at the end we were just waiting for the net to bulge. We were right behind it and the movement was good. He got around the back and how he missed it I don`t know.’

With Berahino scoring from the spot and getting 120 minutes, Pulis knew it would be good for him though.

‘He needs it. We saw it again. He`s nowhere near as sharp and fit as he was last year so he needs game time.’

Peterborough obviously came in for a lot of praise given how tough they made it again and without doubt they were the better side on the night.

‘I think you`ve got to give all credit to Peterborough. I`m a traditionalist in lots of ways and I love this competition. It`s a wonderful competition. It`s very special in lots of ways because it brings back memories of being a young boy in South Wales. The FA Cup and European Cup were the main live games on TV. It`s special on the day, to come to Peterborough, who are a couple of leagues lower. The way they played was absolutely fantastic and the manager, supporters and players deserve so much credit. The only disappointing thing for them is that they`ve been knocked out but in everything else you have to give them lots of credit.’

Another bad night on the pitch was compounded by injury issues from the game.

With Gareth McAuley going off after 19 minutes to be replaced by Sebastian Pocognoli, the head coach also cancelled a day off today to get everyone in for recovery work and to assess where they are.

McAuley picked up a hamstring injury is likely out for a fortnight.

‘We’re more concerned with injuries, that’s our biggest problem at the moment. They were going to have a day off on Thursday but we’ll bring them all in so we can assess the damage and move on from there. Everyone is in. It’ll be to check they have looked after themselves, they need to do stuff and we need to do stuff to them to get them ready for Saturday, we won’t be training.’

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