West Brom head coach Tony Pulis defended his side’s approach to the game against Everton at Goodison Park, one which saw them come away with all three points thanks to Salomon Rondon’s 14th-minute goal.

The home side had 76% possession, 34 shots – of which only six were on target and 14 corner kicks, but they could not break through a West Brom defence led by the excellent Jonas Olsson.

After the game, Pulis told the BBC that he was delighted to take three points from such a good opponent:

Everton are a top four or five team. The depth of quality within the club is fantastic, they had a great performance to beat Stoke last week and to come here and put in that performance is fantastic. We played Everton at the beginning of the season and we were 2-0 up and they scored three late goals. We were distraught, so it is nice to come here and get one back on them.

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As reported in the Birmingham Mail, Pulis also defended his team’s tactics as they camped behind the ball, explaining that he simply sets his side up in a way which allows them to compete against the better teams in the league.

What you’ve got to look at and recognise is that the Premier League is not a level playing field. There’s clubs that have got players, budgets, facilities a lot better than yours and you’ve got to find a way of winning and that’s what I do and try and do – find a way of winning and get to those points.

The head coach also spoke about West Brom’s recent poor run and said that whilst they haven’t been at their best, they still have a lot to play for between now and the end of the season, and that they are relatively happy with the progress so far.

We played some really good stuff at the start of the season. We’ve dropped off for all sorts of reasons, but we’re in the fifth round of the FA Cup and we’ve got 32 points with 12 games to go, so hopefully we can have a really good end to the season.