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Double session for West Brom after Brighton defeat

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Tony Pulis gave his new-look Albion squad a tough double session yesterday to iron out the problems after their 'out of character' defeat to Brighton.

Tony Pulis. (AMA)

The Baggies boss shouldered some of the blame himself in a team meeting on Monday before telling his players to put the 3-1 loss behind them.

And he worked the players extra hard on Tuesday to guard against it happening again this weekend against West Ham.

"It was a tough session," admitted Ben Foster. "In fairness, Tuesday is always a tough session.

"I think everyone was a bit frustrated from Saturday, it was an out of character performance from everybody to be honest with you.

"Nobody came off the pitch with full marks, it was a disappointing day and it's one best put behind us."

Pulis came under fire for his team selection, but it's believed he was contemplating giving Nacer Chadli his first minutes in the Premier League this season before the Belgian pulled out with a muscle strain.

Despite the defeat, Foster confirmed the squad and coaching staff rallied round together and consigned the result to history.

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"We had a little team meeting on Monday and that's literally all it was, a couple of minutes to say 'try and put it behind us'," said Albion's No.1.

"It's always quite tough after the international break, we've got a lot of players who are here, there and everywhere all over the globe.

"And we've had quite a few new players come in and I think that shakes things up a little bit.

"It's a weird one, you're training with the kids, you have a couple of days off here and there, and you lose your bearings of where you are, but everyone's in the same boat so we can't complain."

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Chadli remains a doubt for this weekend, and the Baggies are also waiting on the results of yesterday's scan on Oliver Burke's hamstring after the 20-year-old winger limped off 18 minutes into an under-23s match on Monday.

But one player who came through that match is 37-year-old Gareth McAuley, who returned from his thigh injury.

"Gareth's unbelievable," said Foster. "He played his first minutes on Monday, but he did a real hard double session on Tuesday.

"For me, he's probably been one of the best defenders I've had in front of me in my time here. He's brilliant, a class act on and off the pitch. It's good to have him back."

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