Jonas Olsson issues defensive response to Quique Sanchez Flores' comments on West Brom's playing style

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The Watford manager said Albion are a "different team" because of their compact, "British" style, but the Baggies defender disagrees.

West Bromwich Albion defender Jonas Olsson has rejected Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores' assertion that the Baggies play a very compact, "British" style of football, insisting that they are a good footballing side, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.

Flores suggested earlier this week that Albion are a difficult team to play against because of their long-ball and set-piece heavy style, ahead of the two clubs' meeting at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

Tony Pulis' sides have often been accused throughout his managerial career of playing a brand of football which has been perceived as dull by some, with a reliance on long passes forward and dominating in the air.

However, Olsson has rejected Flores' comments and insists that his side have shown this season that they are a talented team capable of playing good and attractive football.

The big Swede, who was awarded a one-year contract extension at the club on Friday, said, as quoted by Birmingham Mail: "I wouldn't agree, if he means playing long balls and just tackling.

"I think anyone who watched the game against City saw we were a good footballing side that played football in that game as well as Manchester City who are now in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

"I think what makes us good is that we adapt to the team we play. Sometimes you need to play British, whatever that means, and sometimes you have to play a little more continental. We have the players, the manager and a good set-up to approach that as well."

Pulis has come in for criticism from West Brom fans on occasion this season due to the club's inconsistent form and some poor results and performances.

However, in recent weeks the club have moved away from any relegation danger and up into mid-table, thanks mainly to a four-match unbeaten run earlier in 2016 which saw them beat Manchester United, Everton, and Crystal Palace, and hold league leaders Leicester City to a 2-2 draw at the King Power Stadium.

Olsson's side find themselves one place and two points above Watford ahead of this weekend's meeting.

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