Pulis praises McClean after ‘superb’ display against Arsenal

Date published: Monday 23rd November 2015 3:16 - Scott Anderson

West Brom manager Tony Pulis says he wishes he had ‘more players like James McClean’ after the Irishman shone in the 2-1 win against Arsenal on Saturday.

The 26-year-old was non-stop all afternoon as the Baggies pressed high and closed down Arsene Wenger’s side.

McClean was equally impressive in his defensive duties by tracking back and assisting full-back Chris Brunt in a successful attempt to stop Alexis Sanchez.

The winger was dominant going forward, running past the Gunners’ fit again full-back Hector Bellerin on numerous occasions.

And it was his decisive run and cross that forced substitute Mikel Arteta to turn into his own net, with Gunners keeper Petr Cech helpess, in what turned out to be Albion’s winner.

“He was outstanding,” Pulis admitted.

“He gives a lot of spirit to the team. We’d love to have one or two more like him.

“We thought he’d have a struggle against Bellerin with his pace, but James has run him three or four times. He’s been superb.

“Yacob was great too, but you could go through them.”

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