Pulis was a good midfielder for us, but people may not know he actually started his managerial career with a 2 year stint managing us in the early 90s. Before my time, but it was bloody dire by all accounts, and showed nothing of the career he would go on to have. We probably played a Pulis side a few times in the lower leagues, before he developed this reputation as a Premier League survival expert.
I haven't really seen anything of West Brom this season, although I did see their poor performance at Dean Court in the league cup last season under a previous manager when our second strings faced off. I suspect they'll be a rather different animal on Saturday. West Brom might just be feeling a touch of pressure as the relegation scrap heats up with a few of us finding some form, they could do with keeping us at arms length.
Confidence is flying high here after turning over Chelsea and Man United (that's a nice sentence!) but this could be the type of game to bring us back down to earth. Can't see any changes to the side, slight knocks to King and Arter allowing. Arter and Gosling will need to be at their combative aggressive best for us to get anything you'd think.
The lack of physical presence in our side means we'll inevitably struggle against Pulis-ball., We've been a lot tighter lately but I fully expect West Brom to score from a set piece. Hopefully Josh King is fit because I think his pace could really hurt what is quite a slow backline.
I'll go for 1-1 which I'd definitely take after 90 minutes
Another decent performance. 3 wins from 3 in December can't be sniffed at.
West Brom were somehow more boring and defensive to watch than Man Utd last week. Feel sorry for their fans who before the game were incredibly depressed about their style of play, and you can see why.
McClean needs a proper ban for that, especially when he did the same a couple weeks back. Needs to cut that out or else he's a danger to others and at some point he'll connect properly and break a leg.
The Rondon clash was just a bit daft, it happens, but no big deal and only one game ban? But McClean is serious.
The pen is a real toss up. He foul starts outside, and carries on inside, and I think that's purely down to the referee's interpretation. Can understand any grievance WBA fans may feel, I saw it as one that often goes the home teams way and rarely a pen for an away team. Especially at that stage of the game.
The initial contact is just outside the area, but what takes him down is the second contact in the area where Fletcher doesn't put his left leg down and hangs it for a second go at bringing him down. Without that he probably strides through on goal to miss!