Craig Dawson unsure Tony Pulis' new West Brom deal has inspired Baggies' upturn in form

Sunderland's Duncan Watmore in action with West Bromwich Albion's Craig Dawson

West Bromwich Albion have won their last two games in the Premier League.

Sunderland's Duncan Watmore in action with West Bromwich Albion's Craig DawsonSunderland's Duncan Watmore in action with West Bromwich Albion's Craig Dawson

Craig Dawson has suggested that West Brom's upturn in form was always on the cards so was perhaps not inspired by Tony Pulis signing a new deal at the Hawthorns, the Birmingham Mail reports.

The Guardian reports that the Welshman put all speculation surrounding his future to bed towards the end of October by signing a contract that is set to keep him with the Albion until 2018.

Since the extension was confirmed, West Brom have won two out of three, with their only defeat coming against Manchester City.

But Dawson has played down the idea of Pulis' new deal being the catalyst for the turnaround.

"No I don’t think so," he said, as reported by the Mail, when asked about whether Pulis' deal had had an impact.

West Brom manager Tony Pulis before the matchWest Brom manager Tony Pulis

"We’ve had the performances and probably not the results.

"At the moment we’ve put two together and confidence is high."

The defeat to City perhaps agrees with Dawson's theory that Pulis' new contract did little to improve their fortunes on the pitch. While they would have been underdogs against Pep Guardiola's men anyway, the margin of defeat would have still been a disappointment.

West Bromwich Albion's James Morrison celebrates scoring their second goalWest Bromwich Albion's James Morrison celebrates scoring their second goal against Burnley

However, since then, they have won their last two. They beat champions Leicester at the King Power Stadium and followed that up with an emphatic 4-0 win over Burnley at the weekend.

With Hull and Watford ahead in their next two games, Pulis will be hoping that his side prove that they definitely have turned a corner this season, regardless of the motivation for the upturn. 

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