Tony Pulis does not hold back against Roberto Martinez

Tony Pulis Interview - 23/02/2014

The West Bromwich Albion boss believes his Everton counterpart was guilty of 'sour grapes' after the 1-0 defeat to the Baggies.

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has criticised Everton boss Roberto Martinez for his conduct after the Baggies secured a 1-0 smash-and-grab victory over the Toffees last weekend, accusing the Spaniard of "sour grapes" while speaking to reporters in his press conference on Friday.

Salomon Rondon scored the only goal of the game at Goodison Park last Saturday with Albion's only shot on target in the entire 90 minutes, whilst Everton had 33 attempts to no avail.

Martinez was understandably frustrated after the defeat and insisted that Saido Berahino should have been sent off for a challenge on James McCarthy.

However, Pulis says that he was "disappointed" with the former Wigan manager's comments and believes that it displayed a bad attitude on Martinez's part.

Pulis told reporters, as quoted by Sky Sports: "I was a little bit disappointed with Roberto actually, in respect of trying to bring something up after we had won the game. It almost smells of sour grapes and you don't need that.

"We've gone there and won a game of football, and people are looking for things to moan and groan about. There was an incident in the game which happened to me and I've not said a word about it, because I don't think it's relevant. I was really disappointed with him bringing it up afterwards. 

"The disappointing thing is another manager, after the game, trying to find something that could affect this club and this club has nothing to do with him."

The victory for Pulis's side was a first win in six Premier League games and lifted them to eight points clear of the relegation zone, while Everton's defeat prevented them moving as high as eighth.

Both clubs face an FA Cup fifth-round tie on Saturday, with Albion taking on Championship side Reading at the Madejski Stadium and Everton making the long trip south to face struggling Bournemouth.

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