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West Brom legend Ally Robertson: Tony Pulis is right, Ben Foster should be staying put

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Ben Foster's antics on the wing towards the end of the Liverpool game may have been entertaining, but I agree with Tony Pulis.

Call me old fashioned, but he's a goalkeeper, so he should be staying in the goal.

In the end, it could have been three-nil because Liverpool missed two sitters while Foster was mucking about.

If Alberto Moreno hadn't suffered a nosebleed when faced with a open goal, then the game would have been dead and buried with a few minutes still left to play.

Unless the goalkeeper in question is 6ft 9in and a genuinely good header of the ball, then there really is no point.

How many goalies have scored from going up for corners in the 25 years of the Premier League? Because I can't think of many.

If that had happened while I was playing, I would have been screaming blue murder at him to get back in his box.

And based on what Pulis said after the game, I doubt we'll ever see Foster do it again.

This is nothing against Ben – who has been one of the best players of the season and one of our most consistent performers over the past few years.

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I would argue he's the best English keeper playing at the moment.

It's obvious he went up there to try and score, and it probably comes from a burning desire to win, but in my opinion, when you play the percentages, it does more harm than good.

And if the team want supporters to believe the intensity is still there, then they should treat the remaining few games with the same professionalism they have the rest of the season.

I don't personally subscribe to the notion they've downed tools since hitting 40 points.

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Having spoken to a couple of the more experienced players recently, I'm convinced they're just as desperate as the fans to reach 50 points for the first time.

We may have lost the last three games, but we didn't deserve to come away with nothing from the home matches with Southampton or Liverpool.

We may not have deserved to win either, but losing both with the number of chances we created – particularly against Claude Puel's Saints – was harsh.

You can see the players are still trying, the team spirit feels different to last season, there's a better camaraderie.

They're going to need that in abundance, because we've got a slew of tough games to finish the season with.

And if this group of players is going to be record breakers, they will probably need to pick something up against either Leicester, Manchester City or Chelsea in the coming

weeks.

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