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Pulis: We Stuck To Our Task

4 January 2014

Tony Pulis came away from The Hawthorns having guaranteed a place in the fourth round with a 2-0 victory against fellow Premier League side, West Bromwich Albion. 

"It was always going to be tough coming to a Premier League side away from home but I thought the lads stuck at it really well and in the second half West Brom got more into the game and we defended with our lives at times.  Overall we created some very good opportunities and can take positives from a game in which we made some changes.  I gave Hiram Boateng his first start of the season, he gave us a good hour, and was really pleaed with him and other lads got the chance to be in the team from the start. 

"The keeper made some good saves and in particular one outstanding one but that is what you are hoping you are paying him to do, overall it was a great team performance with everyone working hard. We had a little bit of luck when we needed it and could have been more clinical at times where the final pass let us down but apart from that I am really pleased.

"Dwight Gayle is a goalscorer and he took his chance ever so well but we were disappointed we didn't get a few more and late on with the introduction of two subs we looked the better team and a real threat going forward."

Pulis has been to a FA Cup Final as a manager and is keen for the competition to keep its magic. 

"I have been to a final so I know what a great day it is but it is difficult for clubs in these situations when you have a third round tie and have to fill these stadiums for games like this. That has to be looked at as it is a great competition and we must try as a nation to make sure we keep this as a great competition by filling the stadiums by some means or other.  It is difficult at this time of the year for the third round just after Christmas when people have spent a lot of money but we have to find a way to attract better crowds but how they do it ?, I don't know, you will have to ask the Chief Executives for some ideas on how we can make this happen."

Palace are in the hat for the next round but attention soon turns back to the league with next week's game at Tottenham Hotspur. 

"We have just had five games in fifteen days and it was important that the lads out there today had the right attitude and dealing with a different atmosphere here today but irrespective of the changes I made you have to show respect to the supporters who travelled here today and put in a performance for them.

"Winning helps and keeping clean sheets does us no harm going forward but we know we have 18 tough games ahead of us, this is a smashing result and I have just left a group of players in the dressing room who are really pleased with their work today."

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