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West Brom boss Pulis: Watford win gives us platform going into transfer window

Tony Pulis has urged West Brom to maintain their position in the Premier League this month in order to improve their chances when the transfer window opens.

The Baggies beat Watford 3-1 on Saturday to provisionally move up to sixth in the table, leapfrogging the Hornets as well as Everton and Manchester United ahead of their clash on Sunday. Either Everton or United will regain sixth spot, depending on the result at Goodison Park.

West Brom face tough fixtures against Chelsea, United and Arsenal in December, but Pulis hopes his team's new-found lofty standing can provide them with a platform in the near future.

"It gives us a platform going into the window and we're looking to bring one or two players in. That's the thing - the chairman will kill me for saying it but that's what we're trying to do," Pulis said.

"For the new owners this is a long-term project that they want to do properly - they don't want to be throwing million and millions of pounds at it. They want quality over quantity and in January that's what we'll be trying to do.

"This was a massive game for us and we've got some real tough games, again, coming up - a real tough run of games."

During the late stages of Saturday's match Roberto Pereyra was sent off for reacting to a challenge from James McClean, who escaped with just a yellow card following a confrontation and skirmish involving players from both sides.

There is a possibility the West Brom midfielder could face retrospective action for his role in the melee, after kicking the ball at the Watford player and squaring up to his opponent.

"That's for the authorities to deal with," Pulis added. "I just want to enjoy the result. We really worked hard and deserved the result against a team who are very physically strong and make it difficult for you."

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri blasted referee Graham Scott for sending off Pereyra and also felt the officials failed to award his side a second-half penalty.

He said: "The referee was terrible - he affected the outcome of the game. Also I would like to view again the occasion where there was a penalty (claim) against Stefano Okaka. I would have liked to see my men 11 against 11 in our best moment."

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