West Brom ‘distraught’ with referee Dean – Pulis

Date published: Sunday 20th December 2015 1:58

Tony Pulis: Manager insists Baggies have done well this term

Tony Pulis says West Brom were “distraught” with Mike Dean’s decision to award Bournemouth a costly late penalty in the Baggies’ 2-1 defeat.

Charlie Daniels penalty three minutes from time secured Bournemouth victory after West Brom had fought back to level the scores, despite being down to 10 men after James McClean’s first-half red card.

And Pulis hit out at referee Dean regarding the decision, as the contact between Darren Fletcher and Gosling appeared to start outside the box.

“I think everybody can see it’s outside the box. It’s really disappointing, you can’t be giving big decision unless you’re absolutely 100 per cent sure. He’s an experienced referee and it’s very disappointing,” he said.

“The reaction of the players when Mike Dean gives the penalty, they were absolutely distraught. It’s not a penalty. We’ve worked very hard second half with ten men.”

Pulis, though, refused to defend McClean and Salomon Rondon – who also saw red late on – with the duo now banned for three games.

“It’s a reckless challenge from McClean. The disappointing thing for me is that 10 seconds before that Smith goes over top and catches McClean on his ankle. McClean has not let that go, he has gone after him. You can’t condone that,” he added.

“Rondon can’t do things like that. He’s never had any inkling he’s got something like that in him since he’s joined us. That’s the first time we’ve seen him react like that.”

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