Pulis hails ‘class’ West Brom match-winner Evans

Date published: Saturday 2nd January 2016 6:37

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Tony Pulis lauded the impact Jonny Evans has had at West Brom after the Baggies beat Stoke City 2-1 at the Hawthorns.

Evans notched a late winner after 10-man Stoke had equalised through Jonathan Walters.

It had been a dull game before Stephane Sessegnon’s first goal since October 2014 opened the scoring and set Albion up for successive wins.

It was Tony Pulis’ third straight victory over his former club and the Baggies are now nine points clear of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.

“Irrespective of whether it’s against Stoke or anyone the most important thing is three points and back-to-back victories,” he said.

“It’s a busy period and we have gone into the game without four players. To put in a performance we have done without four major players is fantastic.

“Luckily for us it drops to Jonny at the end. He has been a great signing for us. He’s not just a good defender but his quality on the ball is first class. He just oozes class.”

Sessegnon looked to be out of Pulis’ plans this season but he has fought his way back into the side. It was just his seventh goal in two-and-a-half years at Albion and Pulis wants the 31-year-old to score more.

“I pulled him [aside] this week. I thought he was fantastic against Newcastle and told him he needed goals,” he added.

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