Proud Barry reflects on Premier League milestone

Michael Owen of Newcastle contests with Joleon Lescott of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park

Gareth Barry started for West Brom against West Ham this afternoon, making the central midfielder the joint record holder for Premier League appearances alongside Ryan Giggs.

"It's nice for my family and something to make them proud".

Instead, Barry landed a move to the Hawthorns and is still playing a key role for the Baggies, who sit comfortably in mid-table after an encouraging start to the season. It's one of those for a few years down the line yet, once I've finished playing and I can look back on it all - while I'm resting some exhausted legs.

He is then in line to break the record at Arsenal on September 25, and West Brom manager Pulis praised the 36-year-old's ability and longevity.

"I think there's gas in the tank yet".

"I will stop when I stop enjoying it and I will know when I have had enough and can't keep up with the boys". "I feel good, I'm told all my stats are up there with those of the younger players so that's all promising".

When asked by Sky Sports to assess the performance of both sides, Pulis said: "It was two sides who cancelled each other out with different systems, it was a tough game".

He featured 131 times for Everton and has played three games for West Brom after signing for around £800,000 in the summer.

The former Manchester United man has shown that he can be a devastating finisher when given consistent football, but Bilic is struggling to find tactics that allow him to play through the middle when the England global is available.

Baggies manager Tony Pulis believes the 53-cap former England global can play on for another three years.

"But he has been absolutely fantastic for us".

"He is a top person and a top player".

"But we got a clean sheet and the players gave it everything, we just need a bit more quality in the final third".

"We are very, very pleased to have him and it's a privilege to work with him".

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