Tony Pulis‘ high-rising West Bromwich Albion was anything but on Saturday, losing to relegation-battling Crystal Palace one week after reaching the all-important 40-point mark.
Given that West Brom went on a season-ending snooze after nearing the 40-point plateau last season, the loss will cause concern amongst the Baggies faithful. West Brom picked up just four points from its last nine PL matches last season after scooping 39 by March 6.
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Pulis is aware of fan concerns, especially given that West Brom fancies itself a more stylish club than the manager’s reputation.
“Complacency is the most annoying word in dictionary. It is human nature to switch off a little bit sometimes. People are people – sometimes they have good days, sometimes they have bad days.”
Pulis said he just “hopes it was an off day” in defeat. So do we. Eleven more matches like Saturday’s sounds about as fun as going to a papercut festival.