Sunday 22 April 2018

Pardew blames massive pressure as Baggies lose eighth in succession

West Bromwich Albion 1 Burnley 2

Burnley's Chris Wood celebrates scoring his side's second goal. Photo: PA
Burnley's Chris Wood celebrates scoring his side's second goal. Photo: PA

Alan Pardew put West Brom's poor first-half display in the defeat to Burnley down to nerves and "massive pressure".

The Baggies went into the match bottom of the Premier League and 10 points adrift of safety, staring into the abyss of relegation after seven successive defeats.

Burnley's Georges-Kevin N'Koudou shoots. Photo: Reuters
Burnley's Georges-Kevin N'Koudou shoots. Photo: Reuters

The hosts were punished for a lacklustre start when Ashley Barnes put Burnley ahead with a stunning volley after 22 minutes.

Pardew brought on Matt Phillips for Kieran Gibbs at the start of the second half and changed the shape of his team but they fell further behind when Chris Wood struck in the 73rd minute.

It was a much-improved showing after the break from West Brom and Salomon Rondon pulled a goal back with seven minutes remaining but it was not enough to prevent a club-record eighth straight Premier League loss.

"It was the same team that started at Bournemouth before the (international) break but the first-half performances were marked in contrast and I was stood on the touchline scratching my head," said Baggies boss Pardew.

Burnley's Nick Pope. Photo: Reuters
Burnley's Nick Pope. Photo: Reuters

"Pressure does strange things to you and we stood off Burnley in the first half and did not engage them.

"I had no choice but to change things for the second half and when we engaged them and put them under pressure we improved and the second half was 1-1, but I think we should have won it and perhaps got a draw out of the game.

""Any football person would have been able to see that the team was not not trying, they were nervous and under massive pressure. But at least we showed a bit of character in the second half."

Burnley's Ashley Barnes and West Brom's Chris Brunt battle for the ball. Photo: PA
Burnley's Ashley Barnes and West Brom's Chris Brunt battle for the ball. Photo: PA
Burnley manager Sean Dyche. Photo: Reuters
Burnley manager Sean Dyche. Photo: Reuters

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