Wednesday 12 December 2018

Alan Pardew knows rock-bottom West Brom are ‘getting near last chance saloon’

Pardew has lost 11 of his 17 Premier League games with the Baggies.

Alan Pardew
Alan Pardew

By Ed Elliot, Press Association Sport

Alan Pardew admits West Brom are close to entering the last chance saloon in their attempts to stay in the Premier League following a “galling” defeat at Bournemouth.

The bottom-of-the-table Baggies surrendered the lead to lose 2-1 to the Cherries on Saturday, a seventh successive league loss which leaves them 10 points adrift of safety.

Albion forward Jay Rodriguez looked set to ease the pressure on manager Pardew when he opened the scoring early in the second half at the Vitality Stadium.

But late strikes from Cherries pair Jordon Ibe and Junior Stanislas meant they returned home empty handed.

“Tough for us today, tough for my players in particular because in terms of the game plan and delivering it, I couldn’t really ask for any more,” said Pardew, who held clear-the-air talks with the club’s owners during the week.

“We got ourselves in a great position, made a couple of errors and got punished for it. That’s kind of the story of our season a little but it was galling today because obviously without it being our last chance, it’s getting near last chance saloon.

“We needed to get something today. It’s such a galling way to end the game.”

Pardew has now lost 11 of his 17 league games in charge of West Brom since replacing Tony Pulis in late November.

Asked if the 10-point deficit at the bottom was too much to overturn with just seven games remaining, he replied: “If you look at our record since the start of the year, then you would have to say yes.

“Of course, we have to keep battling on.

“I think anybody who was here today – even our harshest critic – would say that there was good belief in the team to try and get a victory.

“That performance could easily have been a win, unfortunately for us it wasn’t.”

Victory for Bournemouth was their first in five matches and moves them eight points above the relegation zone.

Stanislas curled home the 88th-minute winner from a free-kick after Ibe had levelled the scores 11 minutes earlier with a speculative shot from range which deceived Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster.

Cherries manager Eddie Howe admitted his team’s performances was below-par and was relieved with the result.

“It’s the hardest way but I’ll take any way at this stage of the season,” said Howe.

“We had to dig very deep but thankfully we got over the line.

“Today was huge. We knew how tough it was going to be.

“They have a lot of experience in there. We had to find a way to win without playing well.”

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