West Brom manager Tony Pulis refused to blame his players after a 2-0 defeat against Arsenal – because they have “given everything” for him this season.
The Baggies came out second best on the night, falling to a 2-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium after Alexis Sanchez scored two first-half goals to seal victory for the Gunners.
The defeat could have been much heavier, but the home side missed numerous chances and goalkeeper Ben Foster pulled off a string of saves.
Baggies boss Pulis refused to blame his players after the match, and says preparation could have been a definitive factor with the game being played on a Thursday night.
Speaking after the match, Pulis said: “We were off it tonight. The players have given me everything this year.
“We have played well at all of the big teams this year but not tonight. Sometimes you have to take defeat on the chin.
“This is the first time we have played on a Thursday night so we will look at the preparation. It’s the first time as a manager I’ve had to play on a Thursday.”
“You can look at things, say this should have happened and that should have happened but the important thing is we dust ourselves down and get on with the next game.
West Brom face title-chasing Spurs in their next game on Monday night, and Pulis backed them to lift the trophy come May.
“It will be a tough game at Spurs on Monday,” he added. “As a supporter of football I’d love to see Leicester do it but it isn’t going to be them it is going to be Tottenham.
“It is someone different and that is refereshing for English football.”