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Mike Phelan slams Hull as Brunt and Big G inspire the Baggies

West Brom 3 - Hull City 1

By Nick Mashiter

Chris Brunt and Gareth McAuley both found the net for West Brom against Hull City but there was less to cheer about for their Northern Ireland comrade Jonny Evans who left the action with a calf injury.

The visitors gifted the Baggies two goals in their 3-1 loss at The Hawthorns, their ninth game without a win in the Premier League.

But West Brom are celebrating back-to-back Premier League wins for just the second time this season.

Robert Snodgrass struck first for City but as half-time neared, the home side began to probe and they levelled when the unmarked Brunt headed in a corner after the restart.

The away side's slack defending was punished again when Northern Ireland favourite 'Big G' powered a header in - referee Mark Clattenburg awarding the goal through use of goalline technology.

James Morrison extinguished any Hull hopes of a first league point away from home since September when he turned in from 10 yards.

Evans came off with a calf problem on the half hour and with Allan Nyom due to travel to link up with Cameroon for the African Nations Cup, boss Tony Pulis admitted he may change his transfer policy.

He added: "Looking at Jonny, and Nyom going away, we might have to get defenders in."

Albion are eighth following their second-best points haul, 29, after 20 Premier League games and they continue to mount an unlikely Europa League challenge. This victory followed a 2-1 win at Southampton on Saturday and Pulis rejected any talk of players being tired after two games in 48 hours.

"If you tell people they're tired, they'll be tired - you don't have to do too much to convince them," he said. "Two games in three days playing professional football, for the money they get?

"Go and ask their grandfathers what it was like working seven days a week down the pit, 12-hour days, they never got tired. We have done it right, but never mentioned they'd be tired.

"Have a look around, a couple of our big (local) rivals have lost in the Championship, so don't take anything for granted."

Hull boss Mike Phelan questioned the Tigers' "pretty boys", saying: "We have to be more courageous and braver and sometimes take a knock. You can't just be a pretty boy, you have to get your body or something on it.

"When it is a one-on-one situation you have to carry out that duty. For 45 minutes that was probably as good as we have played. We got the goal and we were in control, but the game doesn't last 45 minutes and we suffered again.

"You can't win games by playing neat football, you have to do the dirty bits at the other end.

"There's only so much we can prepare and the staff do it really well and the players are aware of that. It's annoying they didn't carry those bits of detail out."

WEST BROM: Foster, Dawson, McAuley, Evans (Nyom, 29 mins), Brunt, Yacob, Fletcher, Phillips, Morrison, Chadli (Hal Robson-Kanu, 61 mins), Rondon (McClean, 87 mins). Unused subs: Myhill, Olsson, Gardner, Galloway.

Hull: Marshall, Elmohamady, Maguire, Dawson, Davies (Henriksen, 84 mins), Clucas, Huddlestone, Livermore, Snodgrass, Diomande, Mbokani (Mason, 65 mins). Unused subs: Jakupovic, Robertson, Meyler, Maloney, Weir.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Man of the match: Gareth McAuley

Match rating: 7/10


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