Welshman Tony Pulis has jokingly pledged to freeze out James McClean after his goal for the Republic of Ireland dashed Wales’ World Cup qualification hopes.
McClean popped up with a second half winner in Cardiff on Monday night that saw Martin O’Neill’s Republic dramatically pip Wales to a play-off place.
Pulis was pleased to see one of his players score a fine goal, but not so enamoured with the consequence of it.
“He won’t be playing for me for what he’s done for Wales!” Pulis quipped.
“He’s done brilliant James, he’s a great lad.
“It was a great goal and great technique on his right foot.
“Obviously it was a goal that killed off our hopes and aspirations.
“It gives Martin and the Republic another great chance to get to the finals.
“I’m pleased for James and for Martin. I’ve got great respect for Martin he’s a great football man.”
McClean, likely to start on the bench for Monday night’s trip to Leicester, is clearly not someone bothered about making enemies.
But you might have expected him to take a lower profile with his boss than he has.
“He said morning with the biggest grin I’ve ever seen in my life,” Pulis said.
“I just ignored him walking down the corridor.
“There’s a bit of banter going around the place and the manager taking a bit of stick as you can imagine.”
Pulis is not the only proud Welshman McClean alienated with his decisive strike in the Welsh capital.
Albion team-mate Hal Robson-Kanu had lined up for Chris Coleman’s side and came close to breaking the deadlock before McClean did.
“Yeah, they’re alright, they’re good as gold,” Pulis said.
Source : BirminghamMail