Pulis explains why he started 'brilliant' Sessegnon... but makes demand of 31-year-old

The West Brom boss was keen to play the forward against former club Sunderland.

West Brom boss Tony Pulis was delighted with the 'brilliant' Stephane Sessegnon after he helped his side beat former club Sunderland 1-0 on Saturday afternoon, according to the club's official website.

The win gives the Baggies breathing space in their bid to keep themselves above the danger zone, denying Sam Allardyce a point or three during his first game in charge of Sunderland.

And Pulis has explained that he thought Sessegnon would thrive against his former side - but has demanded consistency from the 31-year-old.

Pulis told reporters: "I fancied him because he was playing against his old club.

"I had that in the back of my mind and he came in and did brilliantly. We need that consistency from him now."

The 1-0 win certainly does the Baggies a huge favour even though it's only early days in the Premier League season.

West Brom now have 11 points, creating plenty of daylight between themselves and those in the relegation places. Bournemouth are now the nearest to Aston Villa, in 17th and 18th respectively.

For Sunderland, another weekend brings another defeat. But this was a side more like an Allardyce team and they will become more and more solid in the coming weeks.

It will be interesting to see what position both West Brom and Sunderland are in the next time these two sides meet.

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