West Brom head coach Tony Pulis: 'Success has put me under pressure'


The Baggies made a flying start to the season, winning their opening two Premier League fixtures, but they have failed to register a win since and they now sit just a point above the relegation zone.

Chelsea will be looking to build on their win over Man Utd before the global break when they take on West Brom at the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon.

"People tell me we are this, that and the other. It is only the second time since 1967 that we have finished as the top Midlands club". Again, nobody else has done that.

The 59-year-old is quoted by BBC Sport as saying: "I understand the more you give, the more people want".

"We have been unfortunate", he said. [Nacer] Chadli, [James] Morrison and [Oliver] Burke are all players who can create and score, and we've not had them. "And one of those is my hometown club Bournemouth, and everyone tells me what great football Bournemouth play and Eddie's done a fantastic job down there".

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Pulis has better players and a deeper squad at his disposal, but is failing to get the most out of them and is clearly missing Darren Fletcher, the club captain who surprisingly left in the offseason to join Stoke.

The title holders have won four of their five Premier League games this season with a 2-1 loss to strugglers Crystal Palace the only blemish on their record. The Spanish striker has scored four goals with his head already and West Brom, surprisingly, have conceded the most headed attempts per team.

Pulis went on to claim "expectations have gone through the roof" as he rowed back as far as 2005, when Bryan Robson pulled off what became known as the great escape, to make another point. The manager also defended his record, pointing out that he had guided West Brom to a 10th-place finish last season.

Fans have never been to keen on Pulis' direct style of play, but when the results are there it's hard to complain too much.

"There's been nine goals in the last two games at The Hawthorns", Pulis said in Friday's press conference.