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Things Have Taken An Ugly Turn For Tony Pulis At West Brom

Things Have Taken An Ugly Turn For Tony Pulis At West Brom
By Gavin Cooney

Tony Pulis usually waits until he reaches the forty-point mark to start losing games in long streaks - it's a handy way of lowering expectation ahead of the following season - but now he is facing a crisis in the face just when it matters.

West Brom have not won a game since August, a League Cup tie against Accrington Stanley, and have not won in the league since the opening day. Most worrying for Baggies fans is the quality of opposition faced in that time: while they've lost to Arsenal and Man City, they have also failed to beat Stoke, Brighton, West Ham, Watford, Leicester, and Southampton. Today, they hit a nadir: losing 1-0 away to Huddersfield, leaving them just two points clear of the drop.

To make today's result worse: Huddersfield played with ten men for more than thirty minutes. Ultimately, Pulis was made to pay for a bafflingly negative approach today: he played five defenders and three defensive midfielders away to the side with the lowest wage bill in the division.

West Brom fans at the ground were unimpressed, serenading Pulis throughout with chants like "Tony Pulis, your football is shit" and "Tony Pulis, get out of our club".

Pulis' style of football is largely miserable and difficult to watch, and while this can be mitigated against and dressed in the rags of pragmatism when results are going his way, when they aren't, it is all quite futile. Here's a remarkable stat from Daniel Storey of Football365: 

A parting of the ways seems to be on the horizon.

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