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West Brom boss Tony Pulis will speak with 'diver' Callum McManaman

By Nick Mashiter

West Brom head coach Tony Pulis has criticised Callum McManaman for diving to try to win a penalty against Southampton.

The boss will speak to the winger following Saturday's goalless draw with the Saints.

Pulis, who started new signing Jonny Evans alongside his Northern Ireland team-mates Gareth McAuley and Chris Brunt, felt winger McManaman went down easily under a challenge from Matt Targett in the area during the first-half of the stalemate.

"I've looked at it and I think Callum's feet actually go up from under him and I don't think the player has touched him," he said. "I'll be having a chat with Callum. I don't like to see that. The referee and the linesman made a fantastic decision."

Saido Berahino returned as a second-half substitute following his strike threat after the Baggies rejected two deadline day bids from Tottenham.

He had missed their previous three games as Pulis left him out due to concerns over his state of mind but he praised the crowd's reaction to the striker.

He added: "I'm pleased he had such a great reception, it shows the quality of our supporters."

Southampton are unbeaten away from home but boss Ronald Koeman wants more cutting edge after Jay Rodriguez headed their best chance wide.

"We have to improve," he said. "The key is continue to play how we did but to improve the final pass and in the box."

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