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Boss: Barry the best player by a country mile.

HE was on the losing side, but Tony Pulis felt Gareth Barry was the best player on the park "by a country mile".

In a largely uninspiring collective display, Barry's contribution as an individual was eye-catching.

The 36-year-old regularly broke from midfield and caused more problems going forward in the first half than any of his team-mates Barry, pictured right, kept going to the end and was the only Albion player to emerge with any credit from a pretty dismal defeat.

"I thought Barry was outstanding today, by far the best player on the pitch," Pulis said of the midfielder he signed from Everton.

"By a country mile I thought he was superb.

"And we've got other players out there who are international players.

"We've got to tie it all down and make sure every game we play we're bob on in respect of effort and commitment we put in." German winger Pascal Gross scored on the stroke of halftime and doubled the lead shortly after the interval.

And Pulis felt the crucial timing of the goals sapped his team's spirit.

"To concede a goal 30 seconds before half time and then a minute after half time is a real kick in the goolies for you and gave them a massive lift.

"Their second goal is a poor goal and kills us and lifts them again.

"Going 3-0 down was the icing on the cake I thought for what we'd done.

"I think they scored the goals at the right time and goals change games.

"If we'd have scored the first goal it might have been a different game. Full credit to them, they've got the three points.

"I like the club, it's a good club well run and I wish them all the best for the rest of the season."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Sep 10, 2017
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