John Williams: New Tony Pulis deal 'absolutely essential' for West Brom

Tony Pulis

Tony Pulis

The Egypt centre-back, who joined on loan from Al Ahly last month, headed in from close range just after the half-hour mark to ensure the home side were able to celebrate their head coach signing a one-year contract extension with three points.

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There was a sense of inevitability about West Brom's strike - having scored 49% of their goals last season from set-pieces, they continued that run with the aid of some poor Bournemouth defending.

Pulis wants to better that achievement this term: "I've said all along that we are in a building phase which requires a step-by-step process". I think we've seen an improvement all across the club in recent seasons and we must continue.

"I'm delighted to extend my contract because it continues the stability within the club which is essential for its progress", Pulis told West Brom's official website.

"Neither can we underestimate how hard that is".

"It's important we push the club and try to keep pushing it forwards, and part of that is that we maintain the development of our young players within the academy".

"I expected us to have the possession that we did but I thought we would have been more creative with it". "We need to get some players in and we need to get some players in quickly", said Pulis. I thought we were ready.

"We can take enormous confidence from this".

Bournemouth ended the match with two-thirds of the possession but only that one shot on target - a hint of the work that manager Eddie Howe has in front of him this season.

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