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