Sunday 22 July 2018

Pardew supping in last-chance saloon

Bournemouth 2 West Brom 1

Claudio Yacob of West Bromwich Albion and Joshua King of AFC Bournemouth battle for the ball. Photo: Getty Images
Claudio Yacob of West Bromwich Albion and Joshua King of AFC Bournemouth battle for the ball. Photo: Getty Images

Ed Elliot

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 to the Cherries, 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. That performance could easily have been a win, unfortunately, it wasn't."

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