We’re good enough to get through bad patch, in­sists Pulis

Birmingham Post - - SPORT - Foot­ball Writer

AL­BION boss Tony Pulis ad­mits fan fury to­wards him has reached new lev­els, but con­fi­dently vowed to “get through it”.

The West Bromwich Al­bion boss came in for sus­tained cen­sure from fans dur­ing the 1-0 de­feat to ten-man Hud­der­s­field Town.

The Bag­gies are now ten games with­out a win for the first time un­der Pulis and just one point and place above the drop zone.

Pulis has ex­pe­ri­enced crit­i­cism from the ter­races in the past.

Most notably when Al­bion car­ried poor form at the end of the 2015/16 cam­paign into the early part of last sea­son.

The 1-0 loss at Bournemouth – on the back of a League Cup de­feat to Northamp­ton Town and a dour home draw with Mid­dles­brough – was the fi­nal straw for some.

“Tony Pulis, you’re foot­ball is s***”, was clearly au­di­ble from the away end.

That same chant was one of many acer­bic songs aimed at the Welsh­man at the John Smith’s Sta­dium on Satur­day. And Pulis con­cedes that the ill-feel­ing among fans has stepped up a notch. “It has,” he said. “We’ve had a dip this year.

“Are we strong enough to get through it? Are we good enough to get through it? I think we are.

“But as a club, mid-ta­ble in the Pre­mier League, you don’t al­ways go up and up and up.”

Al­bion owner Guochuan Lai is ex­pected to fly in for the next game, against Chelsea at the Hawthorns later this month, and will as­sess for him­self the strength of in­dig­na­tion.

Fans were full of op­ti­mism af­ter Al­bion con­cluded busi­ness in the sum­mer trans­fer win­dow and hope­ful of an­other top-ten fin­ish.

Two high-class mid­field­ers, in Gareth Barry and Grze­gorz Krychowiak, were signed to ne­gate the loss of cap­tain Dar­ren Fletcher and the an­tic­i­pated loan de­par­ture of Sam Field.

For­mer Eng­land in­ter­na­tional Kieran Gibbs was drafted in from Arse­nal to fi­nally fill the prob­lem po­si­tion of left-back.

Ahmed Hegazi be­came an­other op­tion at cen­tre-back and Jay Ro­driguez a flex­i­ble for­ward able to lighten the load on Salomon Ron­don in par­tic­u­lar.

Oliver Burke, a £15 mil­lion sign­ing from RB Leipzig, was viewed as an ex­plo­sive winger who could add much-needed pace and youth­ful ex­u­ber­ance.

Eleven league games in, and the new sign­ings have not yet made West Brom any stronger. Gibbs, Krychowiak and Burke are yet to even win in an Al­bion shirt, de­spite hav­ing played 20 matches be­tween them.

Fans are find­ing it hard to un­der­stand why such a tal­ented squad of play­ers is strug­gling so badly.

“I don’t think it’s dif­fi­cult un­der­stand),” Pulis said.

“There will never be a (to thought about what hap­pened be­fore. about to­day. “It’s not about yes­ter­day. “Ir­re­spec­tive of what I’ve done pre­vi­ously and how the club is, they look at the re­sults you’ve had over a short pe­riod of time.

“I un­der­stand that. I’ve been in the game a long time. It’s all about re­sults.” It’s all

> Al­bion boss Tony Pulis is feel­ing the heat from fans

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