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Tony Pulis: West Brom should be proud of "fantastic" season

Tony Pulis believes West Brom should be proud of their Premier League campaign regardless of what happens in the remaining nine matches.

The Baggies continue to exceed all expectations this season and remain surprise contenders for European football after beating Arsenal 3-1 at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

Expected to struggle, West Brom are flying high in eighth place in the table and seventh spot may bring qualification for next season's Europa League - a position currently occupied by Everton. Although a 3-0 defeat to the Merseysiders last weekend harmed their chances of catching the Toffees.

West Brom, with a seven-point cushion over Stoke beneath them, face a tricky run-in with games against Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City to come but Pulis hopes they can maintain their momentum and finish the season strongly.

"We lost our last two matches so it was important we tried to get something against Arsenal," said Pulis.

"W e've got to keep our feet on the ground. We are what we are and the players have done fantastically well to achieve the 40 points in the time that we've done it.

"Our output against Everton was as good as any output we've achieved this year, but we lost the game. We know what we are, we know what we've got. We lack certain things.

"But you always work as a group and they did it again - without (James) Morrison and (Matty) Phillips who have been big players for us.

"I understand that if you raise the bar and if you don't reach that again you and the players are going to get criticism. For me, they've just been fantastic this year, irrespective of what happens between now and the end of the season.

"We could lose the next three games, we've still had a fantastic season. The Premier League is the most demanding league in the world and what they have achieved was fantastic and they should be proud of it."

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