Pulis reserves praise for Mahrez marker

James Chester says he is enjoying his new role as a left-back after being praised by boss Tony Pulis for his display against Leicester.

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The ex-Hull City centre-back has been asked to adapt to operate as a full-back this season and believes he’s risen to the challenge.

Pulis, who splashed out £8million to lure Chester from the KC stadium last summer, was forced to play Chester at left-back again on Tuesday after the unfortunate injury to first-choice Chris Brunt – one that could rule him out for months.

But the Baggies boss saw the 27-year-old keep Riyad Mahrez as quiet as any other defender has done in the Premier League, describing his performance as an “outstanding defensive display”.

Chester is starting to relish the role.

“Playing full back is a challenge but the more I’m playing it, the more I’m enjoying it,” he told the Birmingham Mail.

“I knew it would be tough (at Leicester) but I enjoyed it and we got a good result against one of the best sides in the country this season

“Overall I think it was a decent point for both teams.”

The draw leaves Albion 13th on 36 points, 12 points above the drop zone and just seven behind sixth-placed West Ham.

“We’re now on seven points from three games so that’s positive,” Chester added.

“We want to look up the table, not down it.

“We’ve put ourselves in a good position now with 10 games to go.”

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