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Tony Pulis warns James McClean to 'control himself'

McClean was involved in some ugly scenes against Watford last Saturday.

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WEST BROM MANAGER Tony Pulis has warned James McClean to cool his behaviour after the fiery Irish winger sparked a melee against Watford last weekend.

McClean’s challenge on Roberto Pereyra led to ugly scenes near the end of the Baggies’ 3-1 win at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

Pereyra was dismissed six minutes from time but both clubs were subsequently charged by the FA for “ failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.”

McClean has now been booked six times so far this season and Pulis says he’s had a conversation with the Derryman about keeping his emotions under wraps.

“I think James has got to control himself and he understands that,” Pulis said.

“Sometimes he does live on the edge but that’s the player he is and the person he is. He’s a fantastic lad and he’s competitive — and you want him to be — but he’s got to realise there is a line that you draw and sometimes he goes very close to that line. Does it take stuff away from him?

“It might do, I’m not sure. But I’ve spoken to him quite a few times about getting too close to that line. As I keep saying, he’s a fantastic lad and a good lad around the place. He’s very well liked. The perception of him outside the club is different to what people inside the club who know him well think.”

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