Tony Pulis admits he can be frustrated by 29-year-old West Brom star despite great attitude

Tony Pulis Interview - 23/02/2014

The Baggies manager hailed the professionalism of Craig Gardner after he was dropped earlier this month.

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has admitted that he can be frustrated by Craig Gardner but hailed the midfielder's quality and attitude after he was left out of the side earlier this month, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.

The 29-year-old midfielder was dropped by Pulis in February but after being restored to the side he responded by scoring in back-to-back games against Crystal Palace and Leicester City.

After a run of three matches where he was used only as a substitute earlier this month, he was again brought back into the starting XI for the trip to title-chasing Tottenham Hotspur on Monday where he put in a strong performance capped by delivering the corner from which Craig Dawson headed Albion's equaliser.

Pulis admitted that Gardner could be a frustrating player to have in his squad but insisted he is always delighted with the attitude and professionalism shown by the former Sunderland Aston Villa man.

The manager said, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail: "I was pleased for Gards. I thought he played well, I’ve got great respect for Craig.

"Although he frustrates me at times he never ever gives anything but his best. He's brilliant around the dressing room off the pitch. You can't have too many of him around."

Albion's draw with Spurs was just the second point they had earned in their last six league matches, and leaves them in 13th place in the table as one of four teams locked on 41 points.

The Baggies take on high-flying West Ham United at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

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