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Tony Pulis wants Baggies to aim higher

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West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis has urged his team to dream big as they try to aim higher than just Premier League survival.

The Baggies went into the campaign with a first target of staying up on their minds, with Pulis aiming for 40 points as a benchmark.

With 11 games to go in the league, his team have already achieved that points mark and currently sit in eighth place.

They are now looking to produce their best league finish since 2013, and Pulis has urged his players to change their targets.

The likes of Jake Livermore and Marc Wilson have joined the club for the final push, while Saido Berahino finally left the Hawthorns after a troubled 18 months.

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West Brom have never reached 50 points in their Premier League history but the former Stoke boss does not want them to repeat previous mistakes.

Last season they reached 39 points by March 6, before only picking up four more points. With just weeks to go, Pulis believes everyone of his players can kick on now and achieve something special.

He told Soccer Saturday: “We finished last year with 40 points pretty early and we fell away. The problem at this club, and at other clubs too, is that the DNA is, ‘Let’s stay in the Premier League’.

“That’s our aim and it’s about getting that mentality out of the players and out of the football club and to try to embrace a situation where once you get there, next you drive on.

“Fingers crossed we can get them there this year.”

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