West Brom boss Tony Pulis signs contract extension until 2019

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I think we've seen an improvement all across the club in recent seasons and we must continue. "I liked the two Egyptian centre-halves, him and the lad alongside him", Pulis said, in reference to Ali Gabr, who played alongside Hegazi throughout the AFCON, which saw the Pharaohs lose the final to Cameroon.

"They have to be players that will improve us and we have to work hard over the next two weeks". We have 17 senior professionals and we are at the top age as well, so it just needs restructuring and everybody is aware of it.

Tony Pulis' summer signings performed well, with another debutant Jay Rodriguez twice coming close, and it was a tidy opening day performance for the Baggies.

The Argentina global went close again early in the second period with a header into the side-netting as the Baggies continued to pose a threat from dead balls. We had really good opportunities and chances, we are not a possession team.

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"I've said all along that we are in a building phase which requires a step-by-step process", Pulis said in comments posted on the club Web site. We gave away a needless free-kick, and against West Brom that is a unsafe thing.

"But I do believe in the future of these young players and that's an important part of the development of the club, especially with the incredible rises we are seeing in prices within the transfer market".

"We have had enough football in pre-season to be ready". The pitch was slow, and that is not an excuse.

Rodriguez was preferred to Salomon Rondon in attack for the hosts and he nearly marked his bow with a goal in the ninth minute, Asmir Begovic saving smartly from the striker's snap-shot.

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