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Published: 23:49 | 10/2/16

Pulis keen on FA Cup run


West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis says he will continue to take the FA Cup seriously despite an injury crisis at the Hawthorns.

The Baggies edged past League One side Peterborough United in their fourth-round replay at London Road 4-3 on penalties, following a 1-1 draw after 90 and 120 minutes.

Pulis was full of praise for Graham Westley's side, but admits a cup run will stretch his squad with Jonny Evans, Craig Dawson, Chris Brunt, Callum McManaman and James Morrison all sidelined, and Gareth McAuley limping off with a hamstring injury against Peterborough.

"That's what the FA Cup is all about, the smaller team pushing the bigger team to the limit and they did that," Pulis told BBC Sport.

"Credit to them and British football. It is nerve-racking but Peterborough should take a lot of credit.

"We want to do well in FA Cup but it has certainly affected us with injuries and pressure on the players, but I want to do as well as we can in the cup as I have tremendous respect for it."

Baggies' goalkeeper Ben Foster was grateful his side edged through to a fifth-round meeting with Reading at the Madejski Stadium on 20 February, after his error in allowing Taylor's shot to slip through his hands gifted Peterborough their opener.

"It wasn't easy, it was a very tough game. Fair play to Peterborough, they pushed us all the way. We knew they would try to get on top of us and they came at us from the start. It was a decent cup tie," Foster toldBBC Sport.

"I have to apologise to our fans, I should have saved their goal. It got a deflection and some of the pace was taken out of it, it was scrappy.

"But we reacted well and got the goal back quickly. After that I thought we were the only one team that looked like scoring."

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