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Tony Pulis hails rampant Rondon as West Brom run riot

By Sean Taylor

West Brom boss Tony Pulis praised the contribution of Saloman Rondon in West Brom's crushing win over Burnley last night.

Matt Phillips, James Morrison and Darren Fletcher scored in the first half with Venezuelan Rondon adding a fourth after the break to send the Baggies up to ninth while Burnley slip to 12th.

Pulis said: "We are pleased - it was going to be a tough game, Sean Dyche's players are honest and hard-working but we got goals at the right time.

"Every three points is enormous and back-to-back wins are very important. I'm pleased for the supporters as well.

"We will take every game as it comes - the most important thing is to make sure we are ready for Hull this weekend, that will be such a tough game

"I'm so pleased for Salomon, who has upped his game this season. He has settled in, he feels part of the group and he is such a smashing lad," added Pulis whose side featured Northern Ireland trio Jonny Evans, Gareth McAuley and Chris Brunt.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche admitted his team were poor.

"It was not good enough - the first half particularly. The game was done at half-time," he said.

"We just got drunk on keeping the ball and playing in front of them and that is what they want you to do so they can counter attack. We got sucked into it - even though we had told the players what to expect.

"We have good points on the board but you have to build on what you are doing at home and take that on the road. I think some of that is a mentality thing - to play with more belief.

"We have had two below-par performances on TV - here and at Southampton, we were miles off it.

"I broke my leg here at 17 and I have never had a result here - one of the few grounds in the country where I have had nothing," he added.

West Brom goalscorer Fletcher, the former Manchester United star, said: "Salomon Rondon is the focal point and the start of all our attacks.

"There are times when he does not get that much service, especially away from home, but he is grafting and working for the team.

"He is a top-class striker and is improving every month - he is made for the Premier League, he is a perfect striker for it."

Fletcher added: "The manager keeps us on an even keel, he expects hard work, he prides himself on clean sheets but he is adding things going forward."

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