Tony Pulis has said that his side wasted too many opportunities to deserve victory against Southampton. The Baggies struggled to convert their chances at the Hawthorns and were punished when Jordy Clasie fired the Saints to a 1-0 victory away from home.Pulis admits his players need more composure in the final third but was happy with the effort shown by his side, if not the final result. He said “We've had good opportunities and good chances to score goals again, I think in the last two games we've had 38 efforts on goal but we're just not getting enough on target. That was certainly the case today. We were in good positions and we're not hitting the target. But you can't fault the effort of the players, especially in the second half. We really, really put them under pressure and we needed a break. We haven't had it that last two games.”
Pulis introduced James McClean and Hal Robson-Kanu in the second half in an effort to find a way back into the game after Clasie's opener. Both players made an impact on the game in the closing stages, although West Brom were denied an equaliser, largely thanks to a superb performance from Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster.