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No Berahino bust-up: Pulis

West Brom 1-0 Newcastle

By Nick Mashiter

West Brom boss Tony Pulis denied any rift with Saido Berahino, but insisted the striker must improve his attitude.

Berahino was a substitute for the eighth straight game as Albion beat Newcastle 1-0.

Pulis said pre-game the player had let himself down and was lucky to be on the bench. He also hinted at problems with Berahino behind the scenes although it is understood there has been no specific flashpoint with the 22-year-old.

He threatened to strike after two deadline day bids from Tottenham were rejected and has scored just three goals since the summer transfer saga.

After Darren Fletcher's winning header, Pulis insisted while Berahino will not be fined his demeanour needs to get better.

"Sometimes supporters don't understand exactly what goes on behind the scenes," he said.

"I always want the team to be a team, the supporters, the players, the management side, the directors, everyone together.

"Sometimes Saido does things that break away from that. He's been told, but he's been fine as you've seen today his reaction coming on was fantastic.

"He worked socks off and he's fine - no problems. At times you have to make him understand it's about the group and about the team. You've got to understand Saido's had almost five months where he's not prepared himself or got himself ready and prepared to play in the team."

WBA: Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson (Gardner 18), Evans; Yacob, Fletcher; Sessegnon, Morrison (Berahino 70), Brunt; Anichebe (Lambert 88)

Subs: Lindegaard, Chester, Gamboa, McManaman

Newcastle: Darlow; Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummett; Sissoko, Anita (Tiote 27), Colback (Thauvin 86), Wijnaldum; Mitrovic, Perez (De Jong 72')

Subs: Elliot, Gouffran, Lascelles, Mbabu

Man of the Match: Darren Fletcher

Match rating: 5/10

Referee: Mike Jones

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