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West Bromwich Albion's Saido Berahino celebrates scoring the match winner at the Hawthorns

West Bromwich Albion's Saido Berahino celebrates scoring the match winner at the Hawthorns

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Tony Pulis stressed there is plenty of work ahead for West Brom after his first Premier League game as Albion head coach ended in victory.

Tony Pulis stressed there is plenty of work ahead for West Brom after his first Premier League game as Albion head coach ended in victory.

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Hull City's Stephen Quinn launches a tackle at West Bromwich Albion's (left) Andre Wisdom

Hull City's Stephen Quinn launches a tackle at West Bromwich Albion's (left) Andre Wisdom

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Hull City's Nikica Jelavic  and West Bromwich Albion's Claudio Yacob (right) battle in the air at the Hawthorns

Hull City's Nikica Jelavic and West Bromwich Albion's Claudio Yacob (right) battle in the air at the Hawthorns

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West Bromwich Albion's Joleon Lescott and Hull City's Abel Hernandez (front) battle for the ball during

West Bromwich Albion's Joleon Lescott and Hull City's Abel Hernandez (front) battle for the ball during

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West Bromwich Albion's Saido Berahino celebrates scoring the match winner at the Hawthorns

Tony Pulis stressed there is plenty of work ahead for West Brom after his first Premier League game as Albion head coach ended in victory.

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.

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," he 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."

While always looking unlikely to be breached at the back, West Brom had shown little cutting edge in attack before Berahino's goal, something clearly in evidence when their record signing Brown Ideye put a glorious opportunity wide just prior to half-time. Indeed, Berahino -who followed up his four goals in the Gateshead game with this effort, and Pulis has not ruled out allowing him to move this month - looked the only man likely to score.

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