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Pulis says plenty of work to do on Brom


West Bromwich Albion's manager Tony Pulis

West Bromwich Albion's manager Tony Pulis

West Bromwich Albion's manager Tony Pulis

Tony Pulis (below) stressed there is plenty of work ahead for West Brom after his first Premier League game as Albion head coach ended in a 1-0 home victory over Hull.

Saido Berahino's 14th goal of the season, struck as he connected with a tee-up from an indirect free-kick inside the box in the 78th minute, secured a win that moved the Baggies up from 17th to 14th in the table and two points clear of the relegation zone.

Combined with the 7-0 FA Cup triumph over Gateshead last week, it has made for a highly encouraging start to life under Pulis so far for West Brom, many of whose fans may have subscribed to the idea that his appointment is a guarantee of their safety.

But the 56-year-old former Stoke and Crystal Palace manager was keen to warn against complacency following the final whistle of the Hull match.

"There is lots of work still to be done," Pulis said. "I think the crowd was very patient and very good, and we'll need them to be behind us. I think the important thing is that people have to recognise and realise how tough this is going to be.

"People think I am just saying it to take the pressure off, but just take a look at the Championship and the number of teams in that division who have spent years in the Premier League.

"The reason they have gone into the Championship is that they have got complacent, without a question of a doubt.

"Everybody took their foot off the pedal and almost accepted they were going to remain in the top-flight."