West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis was happy with his side's performance in their 2-1 victory over former club Stoke City.

The win moves West Brom up to 12th and gave Pulis his fourth consecutive victory over his former side. And the Welshman admitted it was a good way to end the festive period.

"​We thought we played all right in the first half and we were pleased with the lads," he said.

"It's been a hard Christmas - lots of games and we're missing Solomon [Rondon] and [James] McClean who have been outstanding for us and then Jonas [Olsson] and Victor [Anichebe] who played exceptionally well for us last week. 

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"Four good players out of the squad today so the result against a Stoke side that have been flying and have real quality in their team - we're very pleased.

"The two home games, against Newcastle and Stoke were important games for us because we've actually played quiet well. 

"We had two players sent off against Bournemouth and shot ourselves in the foot there. We went to Swansea and played really well and I thought we were very unfortunate not to come away with anything. 

"And the two home games were massive for us because we've got to go to Chelsea and then Southampton, two very difficult trips for us."

Stephane Sessegnon had given West Brom the lead after an hour before Jonathan Walters equalised for Stoke. Just moments later though, Geoff Cameron was sent off for his reaction to a tackle from Claudio Yacob, allowing the Baggies to retake control and Jonny Evans to grab the winner.

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On the sending off Pulis said: "I think going down to 10 men always affects you. Them scoring the equaliser would have given them the momentum. 

"But then the lad getting sent off almost immediately swings it back our way and we were able to put them under some pressure and it drops to Jonny. And Jonny deserves his goal, I thought he was outstanding today."


West Brom are currently on 26 points and many normally attribute 40 as the number a club needs to stay up. However Pulis believes that may not be the case this season.

"The league is completely different to what it usually is," he added. 

"I still can't say how many points will keep you up so the most important thing is we keep our heads down and we keep working and playing the way we've played over the past two games."

Before they take on Chelsea, West Brom face Bristol City in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

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