After two straight losses in the Premier League, West Brom’s squad were being accused of complacency, especially after the team had hit the magical 40 point mark.
The loss against Everton away was not a great surprise, but the defeat against Crystal Palace at home was a big shock to the system, considering the great run of form that Pulis’ men had shown at The Hawthorns in recent months.
It sparked a debate amongst fans and pundits alike, how could a team on such a good run, suddenly fall to defeat against a relegation threatened outfit, and put in such a disappointing performance.
Before the game against Arsenal, there was a mixed mood amongst fans. Some were hopeful of seeing a win, whereas some were slightly concerned we might see a reaction the Gunners, a side that have been on a terrible run of form.
What we saw, proved just what this team are made of. It would have been easy to come into this game with a relaxed attitude, we’re not threatened against relegation and we’re not going to get into Europe, so no one would bat an eyelid if we lost to a talented Arsenal team.
But instead of rolling over, you could see this team wanted to prove to the fans that the game against Palace was a one-off. They put in a magnificent performance. Organised, dogged, resilient, all of the qualities you would expect from a Tony Pulis team.
But these days, we are more than that.
This is a team full of quality in defence, at set-pieces and on the counter-attack. Granted, we don’t have the quality that Arsenal possess, but Saturday’s result showed that in Football, having the quality on its own isn’t enough, you need commitment and the right mentality.
On paper, our team against Arsenal’s is no comparison. But on the pitch, in a match situation, we proved it’s an entirely different story.