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West Brom boss Pulis promises to speak with James McClean after fan row

By Staff Reporter

West Brom manager Tony Pulis says he will speak to controversial winger James McClean after the Londonderry born ace was involved in an angry row with an Everton fan during the Baggies' 1-0 win at Goodison Park on Saturday.

McClean, who has been consistently criticised for refusing to wear a poppy around Remembrance Sunday since moving to England from Derry City in 2011, appeared to be provoked by two finger-pointing supporters after he was substituted on 57 minutes and stood out of his seat to respond.

He had just been booked for a rash challenge.

Pulis admitted that he didn't see the altercation, but said: "There's other things that have gone on with the crowd and I don't want to talk about it.

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"If James has got involved then I'll speak to him. This club is a fantastic club and the supporters are wonderful.

"I like the city and I like the intensity and the passion this city has got.

"It's always lovely to come to this ground. I've great respect for it so I won't complain about the other things, supporters moaning and groaning."

The 'other things' might well have referred to an incident 10 minutes from time when a plastic water bottle was hurled at Pulis and landed nearby.

"I've had worse thrown," Pulis added.

The incident overshadowed West Brom's first league win since January 2 which moved them eight points clear of the relegation zone.

Salomon Rondon scored the decider in the 1-0 victory, nicking the goal off Jonas Olsson with the final touch right on the line.

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