Date: 28th February 2016 at 9:27pm
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Following Saturday’s three two victory at The Hawthorns over Crystal Palace, head coach Tony Pulis was obviously delighted with the attacking intent on display from the side and the performances of Salomon Rondon and Saido Berahino came in for particular praise.

Coming up against his former club again, Pulis saw a scintillating first half performance from the Albion side and we had a very unexpected three nil lead after only 30 minutes.

Second half with Palace stepping up was tighter, and had it not been for a Jonas Olsson mistakes early on in the second period, the final 45 may have turned out differently as well but for a change a truly positive attacking display takes the headlines.

Speaking to in his post game press conference, a delighted Pulis explained that only real negative from the match was in seeing Northern Ireland international Chris Brunt continue his almost week from hell as he was stretchered off with what looked like a serious knee injury.

The fans more than credited themselves with the welcome he received though following Reading stupidity from some.

Speaking about Brunt firstly, he said immediately after the game.

‘We don’t know till he’s had his scans, which he should have on Sunday. He’s done something to the knee but we can’t say as yet until we know more. We’re keeping everything crossed for him.’

With Craig Gardner, Craig Dawson and Saido Berahino finding the net, Pulis went on to say about the game and the performance itself.

‘The big thing for me were the front two. They caused so many problems. Saido dropped off, made good runs and Salomon was a handful. If you take Kane out of Tottenham, Vardy out of Leicester…that’s how important Saido is to us and we missed it.
He needed time to sharpen himself up. He’s still a little short of where he was last year but he’s getting there and his mind will be clearer.’

As for the win and the three points itself, it was again all credit to the side for making Palace look as poor as they did in the first period.

‘They’re a big strong side. I thought we moved the ball quickly and played some smashing stuff, creating lots of chances. We conceded a poor goal just after half time which gave them a leg up. Jonas made a mistake and he was punished for it. The second goal was fantastic but I think there should have been a free-kick – a foul on McAuley – in the build up to it. They say they should have had a penalty, but we should have had a free-kick for their second goal. We’re in the top six for form over the last few games and haven’t lost a goal since December 18 at home. We’re now on 35 points with 11 games to play.’

Skipper Darren Fletcher was also interviewed after the game, and Rondon took his praise.

‘He is really coming into his own now. Salomon is showing what a real good player he is going to be for the club. When you come to a new country it takes time to adapt on and off the pitch. This league is different to any other league in the world but there is no doubt that he is made for the English game. His attitude all season has been fantastic. There have been times when he has been up there on his own and not had much service but he has kept plugging away. You can see just how much of a threat he is when he gets good service. He can go after the ball in behind, he is strong and physical so you can knock it in to him with his back to goal and he is strong in the air so it gives us the chance to mix it up.’

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