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Tony Pulis admits he should have rested Hegazi against Brighton

West Brom manager has admitted he shouldn’t have started against Brighton & Hove Albion on Satruday.

The Egyptian started in West Brom’s 3-1 loss to Brighton at Falmer Stadium in gameweek four of the Premier League, before he was subbed off in the 56th minute for new signing Kieran Gibbs.

Hegazi played a combined 180 minutes in two matches against Uganda in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers before the Brighton game and looked jaded as his side suffered their first league loss of the season.

“Ahmed travelling to Uganda and then back up Egypt and then back home,” Tony Pulis said.

“This is different to other leagues he will have played in. Every game the tempo is quick and everything else. You’ve got to be spot on and we certainly weren’t on Saturday.

“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,” the Welshman added.

West Bromwich Albion currently sit eighth in the league table and their next game will be against West Ham on Saturday, September 16 at The Hawthorns.

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