Tony Pulis says West Brom were “doing somersaults” after reaching 40 points in the Premier League with a 0-0 draw at Sunderland on Saturday.
Albion were almost certainly already safe going into the game at the Stadium of Light having built up a healthy gap between themselves and the bottom three, but Pulis was nevertheless delighted to reach the mark traditionally associated with safety.
He said: “Pleased? We are doing somersaults. To get to those points is first class for us because we have got some tough games – we go to Manchester City, we got to Arsenal, we go to Tottenham – so we need to get the points in the bag.
“It’s been such an unusual season this year. When you look below and you look at teams like Aston Villa, Newcastle, Sunderland, nobody should ever, ever, especially at our football club – well, any football club – take anything for granted in this league. It’s the hardest league and the toughest league in the world.
“We had 39 points – most probably that is safety, and they (the players) most probably would have thought that that was safety.
“But they have come here and they have really, really made it difficult, and I am pleased for them and I am pleased for the football club that we haven’t come here and just been walked over.”
Pulis was indebted to Ben Foster, who made a string of saves, but not surprised by his contribution.
He said: “Ben has been like that since he came back. People forget that we didn’t have him for six months this season. He is a top goalkeeper, a top lad.”