Tuesday 23 January 2018

Pulis: Berahino has paid dues

Aston Villa 0 West Brom 1

Aston Villa's English defender Joleon Lescott vies with West Bromwich Albion's Venezuelan striker Salomon Rondon
Aston Villa's English defender Joleon Lescott vies with West Bromwich Albion's Venezuelan striker Salomon Rondon
James Morrison of West Bromwich Albion and Joleon Lescott of Aston Villa compete for the ball

Villa Park

Tony Pulis believes Saido Berahino has served his time after West Brom's transfer-window nightmare.

The striker marked his return to the starting line-up to hit the only goal at Aston Villa - his first goal since threatening to go on strike. Berahino threw his shirt into the travelling fans at the end to complete his recovery after he threatened to down tools on transfer deadline day following two rejected bids from Tottenham.

The squad cleared the air with the England under 21 international during a team meeting and Pulis believes Berahino has now paid his dues.

He said: "The transfer window has been a nightmare for this club, not just for Saido but all the players as well. When we were young we've all made mistakes and in hindsight you look back and you regret what you've done. I am sure Saido regrets the way he has handled it. He got crucified for it and in some respects he deserves it but he is a young lad and he deserves help and for people to back him. The players have been wonderful with him and you have seen today with his goal."

Albion have now kept 14 clean sheets in 24 Premier League games under Pulis, who added: "It was our best team performance by a mile."

Berahino struck to divert James Morrison's shot beyond Brad Guzan six minutes before the break and Villa rarely looked like recovering. They were angered when referee Martin Atkinson penalised Berahino for a debatable handball in the second half and gave a free-kick instead of a penalty despite the striker appearing to be in the area.

Micah Richards also headed past Boaz Myhill but the hosts had already been awarded a free-kick and are now winless in the League since opening day.

They host local rivals Birmingham in the League Cup on Tuesday and Sherwood insisted he can handle the pressure after the home fans jeered Villa off.

"Tim Sherwood is at his best when he is backed into a corner," he said.

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