Tony Pulis happy to reminisce about Stoke City tenure after narrow victory over former side

first_imgWest Brom manager Tony Pulis was happy to reminisce about his fond Stoke memories after his side secured a narrow 1-0 victory over the Potters at the Hawthorns.Brown Ideye’s fifth goal since his failed January move away from the Baggies proved the difference as the hosts held on for a crucial victory which all-but secures their Premier League safety.Pulis, who left Stoke just under two seasons ago, was nostalgic about his time at the Britannia Stadium after the encounter but reiterated the importance of the home side’s victory.“I had a great ten years at Stoke – it was a wonderful journey,” said Pulis.“I left them in a very sound position and to take them to where they went [an FA Cup final] was wonderful. They are years I will remember but today was all about West Brom getting the three points.”The victory lifted West Brom eight points clear of the relegation zone with nine games remaining, but Pulis was unhappy with Michael Oliver’s display after they were denied a second-half penalty.Pulis said: “The referee stopped us from getting a few more. Michael will look at that [the penalty decision] and be very disappointed.“That is as blatant a penalty as I have seen for a long time.”The Baggies boss also singled out new signing Darren Fletcher for special praise as his partnership with James Morrison in central midfield proved instrumental in delivering the three points.“He’s been an absolutely fantastic signing for the football club,” added Pulis.“He seems to be over his illness. He looks as sprightly as any 20-year-old with his enthusiasm and energy levels.”last_img

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