Pulis: Baggies were second-best

West Brom boss Tony Pulis admitted the 2-0 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night was a fair result.

A first-half brace from Alexis Sanchez handed the Gunners victory as they controlled proceedings in the capital, with the Baggies second-best throughout the match.

Albion had a chance to level the scores after Sanchez’s opener, although Gareth McAuley was denied by the woodwork.

However, Pulis refused to find fault with his players and acknowledged he could have prepared them better for a game that was unusually played on a Thursday due to television commitments.

“I can have no complaints about the result. Arsenal were the better side throughout the game,” he said afterwards.

“And I’m not going to criticise the players either – they’ve done very well for me this season. We’ve played well at times this season but today we looked leggy, off the pace.

“And when we come to the better teams everyone has to be on it and we simply weren’t.”

Pulis added: “If McAuley’s effort had gone in early on… it becomes one each. But we have to give credit to Arsenal. They were the better side.

“And maybe preparation for the game is something I need to look at. I’ve managed games before in Europe on a Thursday but today was the first domestically.

“Maybe I need to look at myself and our preparation in that respect. Perhaps we could have done things differently.”

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