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Head man Evans shows Pulis how to keep Baggies firing

By Nick Mashiter

West Brom manager Tony Pulis says he should pay more attention to Jonny Evans - especially after his tactical suggestion set the Baggies on the way to a win last weekend!

Evans likes to venture forward to capitalise on his aerial ability at corners and free-kicks - and tells Pulis as much.

The Hawthorns boss does not always like to push the big Northern Ireland defender upfield, to guard against a possible counter-attack.

But Pulis was glad he threw caution to the wind last Saturday, as Evans rose highest to meet international team-mate Chris Brunt's free kick to give Albion a lead against Watford that was never relinquished.

"Jonny's goal was a fantastic header," Pulis said ahead of tomorrow's trip to league leaders Chelsea.

"Sometimes I've not put him up in the box so he's been moaning and groaning at me for not being up there.

"I'm very pleased that he scored. It was a great delivery from Brunty."

Meanwhile, Pulis has told James McClean to cool down after he sparked ugly scenes against Watford.

The Baggies chief wants the Republic of Ireland star to control his temper following Albion's Football Association charge.

Londonderry man McClean's challenge on Roberto Pereyra led to a melee between Baggies and Watford players in West Brom's 3-1 win on Saturday.

Pereyra was dismissed late on when he reacted angrily to a McClean challenge and both clubs were charged with failing to control their players by the FA.

And now Pulis wants McClean, who has been booked six times this season, to relax.

"James has got to control himself and he understands that," Pulis said.

"Sometimes he does live on the edge but that's the player he is and the person he is. He's a fantastic lad and he's competitive - and you want him to be."

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