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Monday 5 December 2016

Pulis: Cup a 'special' part of Baggies season

West Brom boss Tony Pulis. Photo: PA
West Brom boss Tony Pulis. Photo: PA

West Brom boss Tony Pulis has promised to keep showing the FA Cup the respect he feels the competition deserves.

Albion booked a fourth-round tie home tie with Sky Bet League One Peterborough by beating Bristol City 1-0 in an Ashton Gate replay on Tuesday night.

Pulis sent out a strong side to take on the Championship strugglers and was rewarded with a dominant performance and record £12million signing Salomon Rondon's first goal since October.

"I've been brought up in the 60s and 70s when the FA Cup was very special," said Pulis, who took former club Stoke to the final in 2011.

"I still think it's the greatest cup competition in the world.

"I've been very fortunate to take another club to Wembley and I'd love to take Albion to Wembley.

"But if we're not right Peterborough could come to our place and beat us - that's why the FA Cup is so special.

"So you've got to make sure you respect every game and every team you play against.

"We'll certainly do that with Peterborough."

The only negative for Albion at Ashton Gate was the early departure of Chris Brunt, who joined Darren Fletcher, James Morrison and Jonas Olsson on the injury list.

Brunt now seems likely to miss Albion's Premier League home game with Aston Villa on Saturday. "I think he's pulled a calf muscle," Pulis said.

"This is our third away game on the bounce, we've had a real tough run of games, and unfortunately we're picking up one or two injuries."

Bristol City had sacked boss Steve Cotterill since the first game at The Hawthorns when Albion grabbed an injury time leveller in a 2-2 draw.

Caretaker manager John Pemberton was in charge for the second time after Saturday's morale-boosting victory over Championship leaders Middlesbrough and said he was happy to hold the reins for as long as club bosses want him to. "They're looking at it and I'm looking after everything until they decide otherwise," Pemberton said.

"I'm quite comfortable with that and I'll carry on doing it.

"How long that will be is entirely up to the club.

"But I don't worry about my relationship with the players because that has always been good."

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