West Brom boss Tony Pulis has spoken about the importance of confidence and momentum as he looks to continue his unbeaten start.
The Baggies travel to local rivals Birmingham City in the fourth round of the FA Cup this weekend, looking to make it five games unbeaten in all competitions.
A run of five points over three league games, separated by a 7-0 thrashing of non-league Gateshead in the cup, has seen the mood lift around the Midlands club and Pulis is eager for that to continue.
Speaking at his press conference ahead of the game, the former Stoke City and Crystal Palace boss also spoke about the importance of the FA Cup, along with praising the turnaround of Saturday’s opponents.
Pulis said: “Confidence is built on results. If you can put yourself through a run of games undefeated and carry it on to the next game and the next game, whether it is FA Cup or it’s a Premier League game, I think keeping the momentum is important and building that momentum up builds the confidence up.
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“The players, they are a little bit different now from what they were when we first walked in, there’s definitely a little bit more brightness around the place. So we’ve got to try and maintain that and keep it going.”
Magic of the cup
In recent years some people have claimed the FA Cup has lost its touch, as Premier League clubs become more and more focused on their survival and European aspirations.
However, Pulis is not a man who believes in this theory and is very much focused on seeing his Albion side progress as far as possible in the cup this season.
“I think the FA Cup is very, very important for all clubs or should be very important for all clubs. Especially clubs in our position, so we will be going there strong.
“We know it will be a tough game for us, so we are taking it seriously.
“It’s a proper cup tie and let’s hope it is. It’s going to be a full house, a local derby, both clubs have not played each other for a while so it will be a great atmosphere, I think we have sold five or six thousand tickets so we need to go there and need to be right on it.
"The league is very important but I'm sure the players can play a game on the Saturday and then have seven days rest and play again on the Saturday.”