Tony Pulis lays down the law to his West Brom squad after Norwich City’s 1-0 Premier League victory

West Brom manager Tony Pulis was less than impressed at the nature of Norwich City's 1-0 Premier Lea

West Brom manager Tony Pulis was less than impressed at the nature of Norwich City's 1-0 Premier League win. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Tony Pulis warned his West Brom players to think again if they plan to down tools with Premier League safety all but secured.

The Baggies have already picked up 39 points, but Pulis was disgusted by the drop in performance that allowed Norwich City to leave The Hawthorns with a vital 1-0 win.

Albion returned to action after an FA Cup-enforced two-week break following an impressive home league victory against Manchester United, but neither that nor the Baggies' relatively comfortable status were mitigating factors for Pulis.

'Whether we are safe or not is not the point. Every game we play, whether it is a team struggling at the bottom end or a team up the top, we should be at the same level and we weren't,' he said. 'We have just had two weeks off and now we have another two weeks off for the internationals so, again, that is not ideal. It is the same for everybody. Of course it is frustrating for a manager because I am a traditionalist in a lot of respects and to have no games over Easter now is strange. They seem to have managed to sneak it in without anybody complaining about it, but you have to deal with it.

'I have to say, and it goes back to the old adage perhaps, but this past week they have trained as well as they had since I have been here. They looked really bright, really sharp, but it goes to show Monday to Friday means nothing, Saturday is when it counts because I couldn't see that performance coming.'

Albion were well below the standards that had seen them lose only once in their previous seven league outings.

'We're not good enough to be anything less than 11 players playing to their maximum. We have had that of late,' Pulis said.

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'In this game I don't think there's a player who could say they hit any sort of form.

'We played so well over the last month or so and to put in a performance like that is disappointing. After the first 20 minutes it just drifted away from us. We didn't get enough balls in the box, we didn't get enough people in the box. It was very much a step back for us. I look at the 11 who started and the lads who came on and there was no spark. It was so flat.

'It was a really poor game. It had 0-0 written all over it. Apart from (Stephane) Sessegnon's chance in the first half, where he should hit the target and make the keeper make a save, and obviously Yac (Claudio Yacob) clips the post with a great strike, we didn't do anything and I didn't think they did. When it is a scrappy affair you can't afford to give them a goal and that is what we did.'