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James McClean involved in a touchline spat with Everton fan at Goodison Park

Londonderry-born winger James McClean was involved in an angry row with an Everton fan during yesterday's West Brom 1-0 win at Goodison Park.

McClean, who famously declined to wear a poppy when he played for Sunderland at Everton in November 2012, appeared to be provoked by two finger-pointing supporters after he came off and stood out of his seat to respond.

He had been substituted after 57 minutes having collected a yellow card for a foul.

Manager Tony Pulis is to speak to his player who has once more made the headlines.

The home side had 76 per cent of possession and 34 shots, but the decisive statistic belonged to the Baggies thanks to Salomon Rondon's 15th-minute close-range goal from their only shot on target.

The Republic of Ireland winger was booked for a rash challenge in the second half and exchanged words with an Everton fan after he was substituted.

Pulis neither denied or confirmed the rumour, but said he would raise the matter with McClean, whom he hauled off for fear the winger would be sent off.

"Whether that’s true or not," Pulis said.

"There’s other things that have gone on with the crowd today and I don’t want to talk about it.

"If James has got involved then I’ll speak to him. This football club is a fantastic football 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 supporters moaning and groaning."

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

"I’ve had worse thrown," Pulis added.

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