Saturday 22 July 2017

Tony Pulis unhappy with Ben Foster for venturing up front against Liverpool

John Percy

Tony Pulis warned West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster to stay in his own penalty area after a madcap finale at the Hawthorns.

Pulis was unhappy with Foster after the former England international ventured upfield in added time to try and force an equaliser from a corner.

Foster was caught out as Liverpool cleared and Albion were fortunate to escape conceding a second goal as substitute Alberto Moreno shot wide of the home team’s empty net.

West Brom have not scored in their last four games but Pulis has told Foster to leave the goalscoring to his team-mates.

“I’ve just had a chat with Ben. I don’t like keepers going up for corners personally but I’ve never said it to Ben so he didn’t know – but he does now,” he said.

“We’ve had the opportunities again and especially against the top teams you have to take your chances.

“We’ve had three really good opportunities where I would have expected them to score but you can’t criticise them. We’ve played Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool and given teams with resources way beyond our dreams a game and that’s what I want to do.”

Albion are still on course for a top-ten finish and Pulis will fly to China next month to discuss his transfer budget with owner Guochuan Lai.

Pulis wants to sign two strikers, a winger and a centre-half as he bids to build on a season of progress at the Hawthorns.

“There are lots of priorities. If we want to push it on, which we do, then we have to try to get better,” he said. “What this season has proved is that we do need that little bit more quality but we need a bit more depth as well and that’s important.”

Telegraph.co.uk

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