Tony Pulis and the curse of the 40-point relegation safety benchmark

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Nick Miller

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On Feb. 25 this year, West Brom beat Bournemouth 2-1 at home. That victory took them to 40 points, cemented them in eighth place and put them on course for an end-of-season total of 58, comfortably their highest Premier League tally. Yet since then, they have won just one of the following seven games, collecting four points from a possible 21. For a Tony Pulis side, this is a familiar occurrence. In each of his seven previous seasons as a Premier League manager (six complete, one almost so, with...

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