Tony Pulis has this defiant response to West Brom critics

Tony Pulis Interview - 23/02/2014

The Baggies manager insists that the performances from his side have not been as bad as claimed.

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has rejected criticism of the performances and results from his side in recent weeks, insisting that the club's troubles on the pitch has been overstated, according to quotes published by the Express & Star.

Albion beat Crystal Palace 3-2 at the Hawthorns on Saturday to record back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time in two months thanks to three goals in the space of 19 first-half minutes.

Pulis and his players have come in for criticism from increasingly dissenting fans in recent weeks for a series of perceived below-par performances, with the situation coming to an explosive head after the 3-1 defeat to Reading in the FA Cup nine days ago when Chris Brunt was struck by a coin thrown by a Baggies fan.

However, the former Stoke City and Crystal Palace manager is adamant that his team have not been anywhere near as poor as suggested, claiming that the amount of stick his side have received is unfair.

He said, as quoted by the Express & Star: "Morale hasn't been that bad to be honest. Before Saturday's game the 10 games we had played prior to that we were actually sixth in the table for points gained.

"It's just perception at times, and people can put whatever slant they want on it.

"That was back to back victories, we've done well at home since Boxing Day. We've won games that we shouldn't have won and a got great result against Everton as well.

"It's not as bad as what people have made it out to be but you get on with it."

Those consecutive league wins for West Brom have gone some way to easing the pressure and fear of relegation at the Hawthorns, with Albion now 11 points clear of the drop zone and sitting in 13th place.

Prior to those victories, Pulis' men had won just two of their previous 12 matches in the Premier League in a poor run of form during which they failed to register a shot on target on more than one occasion.

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