Pulis bats back Sherwood comments ahead of Aston Villa-West Brom

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has deflected questions about comments made by his Aston Villa counterpart Tim Sherwood ahead of the FA Cup meeting between the sides, Sky Sports has reported.

Sherwood appeared to diminish the Baggies in the build-up to the Premier League fixture between the teams earlier this week, a game that ended in a 2-1 win for Aston Villa and saw Sherwood record his first victory as Villa boss. Gabriel Agbonlahor opened the scoring for Villa before Saido Berahino equalised just after the hour mark, but Christian Benteke’s last minute penalty settled the Midlands derby in Villa’s favour.

Asked about the perceived insults directed at the Baggies by Sherwood – who was linked to the Albion vacancy before Pulis was appointed as Alan Irvine’s replacement – Pulis insisted there was no ill-will between the two or from West Brom to Sherwood. “I don’t need to pin that up in the changing room,” Pulis replied when asked if the comments would be a motivating factor for the players.

“We have a good group of lads here and they will want to win the game as much as Villa will,” the former Stoke City and Crystal Palace boss continued. “I don’t think we need any motivation.

“It’s a local derby, it’s the quarter-final of the FA Cup and it’s absolutely wonderful that we’ve got to this stage,” Pulis added. “These are big games that everybody should look forward to and we will certainly be looking forward to it.”

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