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Pulis praise for Anichebe after rare West Brom start

Victor Anichebe was the subject of praise from West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis on Monday night.

The Nigerian striker made his first start since May in the 1-0 win over Newcastle United and provided a constant threat for the Baggies.

The former Everton man, who started ahead of Saido Berahino, was unlucky not to mark the rare start with a goal but was denied by the woodwork in what was a fairly impressive performance in the eyes of Pulis.

"He's a top player. When Victor turns up he's a top player," he added.

"He's shown that today, he was a handful for them and they just couldn't handle him."

The contest was separated by Darren Fletcher's 78th-minute header which Newcastle debutant Karl Darlow was unable to keep out despite being in the perfect position to do so.

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