Pulis slams referee after West Brom denied penalties

Date published: Saturday 26th December 2015 7:01

Tony Pulis: Manager felt side should have had two penalties

West Brom manager Tony Pulis believes his side should have been awarded two penalties in their 1-0 defeat at Swansea City.

Pulis felt Wiltshire official Roger East should have pointed to the spot for Angel Rangel’s first-half challenge on Chris Brunt and then again when substitute Callum McManaman tumbled in the closing stages.

“The big disappointment is I’ve just watched the video there and it’s two penalties,” Pulis protested after the game.

“The first foul on Chris Brunt is a stonewall banker penalty. Their lad goes for the ball but Chris just touches it away and catches him.

“He (East) is five yards away from it, but there we are. We have to get on with it, you can’t get in your mind that these decisions are going against you.”

Albion have now gone five games without a win, their worst run since Pulis was appointed manager almost a year ago, and are now only three points above the Premier League relegation zone.

They dominated for long periods at the Liberty Stadium but struggled to create clear-cut chances, with Rickie Lambert sending their best opportunity straight at Lukasz Fabianski in the Swansea goal.

“The lads were fantastic, they worked really hard in the second half and upped it,” Pulis said.

“There’s no way we should be losing that game. There is no justice coming away from this game without any points.

“We watched the West Ham game here last week and they had 75 per cent possession, but we did not want that to happen and I thought we gave it a really good go.”

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