West Bromwich Albion January signing Alex Pritchard shares what Tony Pulis told him before he came on against Newcastle

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West Bromwich Albion were beaten 1-0 by Newcastle United at the weekend.

Alex Pritchard has told the Express & Star that West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis encouraged him to be positive on his debut against Newcastle United at the weekend.

Pritchard joined West Brom on loan from Tottenham Hotspur during the January transfer window, and he made his first appearance for the Midlands club against Newcastle.

The 22-year-old came on as a second half substitute at St. James’ Park, and although he could not stop West Brom falling to a 1-0 defeat, his performance still caught the eye.

Pritchard told the Express & Star: “The gaffer told me to get on the ball, get forward and get positive. I had a go and tried to be positive but it didn’t happen for us.

“Coming on you need to support your strikers, you don’t want them to be on their own.”

Pritchard’s display was one of the few positives to come out of West Brom’s match against Newcastle.

The Baggies have now failed to win any of their last four matches in all competitions, and they are now nervously looking over their shoulders.

Tony Pulis’s side have struggled to show much of a threat going forward in many of their recent contests and Baggies fans are becoming frustrated with their side’s lack of cutting edge.

Pritchard did seem to add creativity to their play during his brief time on the pitch at St. James' Park, however, and there are high hopes for his future at The Hawthorns.

Pritchard’s next appearance for West Brom could come against Everton on Saturday.

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