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Pulis shrugs off Sherwood comment
06 Mar 2015 12:12
West Brom boss Tony Pulis insists he has no problem with his Aston Villa counterpart Tim Sherwood following the latter's comments about the size of the two midlands club.
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Prior to Tuesday's Barclays Premier League clash between the teams, Sherwood - a contender to take over as Baggies boss in the recent past - described Albion as a "good little club" before expressing his delight at having landed the manager's job at a "massive football club" like Villa.
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Then, after his side won 2-1 in the game at Villa Park, Sherwood again made an apparent dig at West Brom, saying they will "have to improve" for the next meeting - Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final at the same venue - if they are going stop the hosts triumphing again.
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But Pulis said ahead of this weekend's derby: "That is Tim - there are no problems with me or the chairman at all.
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"Tim is Tim and he will be good fun for everyone around the West Midlands for the time he is at Aston Villa I'm sure."
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Pulis stressed West Brom will not need to use either the words of Sherwood, for whom the win on Tuesday was his first since taking the Villa post last month, or the disappointment of their defeat in that game to generate any additional motivation for Saturday's contest.
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With his players only one match away from a Wembley semi-final, Pulis - a beaten FA Cup finalist in 2011 as Stoke boss - said: "I don't need to pin that (Sherwood's comments) up in the changing room.
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"We have a good group of lads here and they will want to win the game as much as Villa will.
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"I don't think we need any (extra) motivation. It's a local derby, it's the quarter-final of the FA Cup and it's absolutely wonderful that we've got to this stage. These are big games that everybody should look forward to and we will certainly be looking forward to it.
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"We've got as good a chance (of winning the competition) as any of the eight teams left in there. You go and ask Bradford. They will fancy winning it as well."
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