Date: 6th January 2018 at 9:44pm
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Following today’s clash between Exeter City and West Bromwich Albion, here are the instant reactions from both managers.

Exeter City hosted West Bromwich Albion at St James Park on Saturday January 6, with the Premier League visitors taking a two nil victory to book their place in the fourth round draw.

The visitors took the lead in the second minute of the game as Salomon Rondon found the back of the net, and former England contender Jay Rodriguez doubled their advantage in minute 25.

West Brom’s victory could’ve been larger as Hal Robson-Kanu saw a third goal disallowed and he also missed a penalty. Ahmed Hegazi also saw a goal ruled out in the second half.

The match marks Alan Pardew’s first win after he replaced Tony Pulis in the hotseat.

Teams:

Exeter:

Pym, Sweeney, Archibald-Henville, Seaborne, Moxey, Taylor, Boateng (James 63), Tillson, Harley (Jay 87), McAlinden (Holmes 55), Stockley.

Substitutes:

Woodman, Simpson, Jones, Byrne.

West Brom:

Foster, Nyom, McAuley, Hegazi, Gibbs (Robson-Kanu 12), Brunt, Krychowiak (Livermore 85), Barry, McClean, Rodriguez (Field 69), Rondon.

Substitutes:

Yacob, Myhill, Burke, Leko.

Speaking to the BBC’s cameras a short time after match day referee Lee Mason blew the final whistle, Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale explained.

‘We didn’t have a look in for that first 40 minutes and I was disappointed in the way we competed in that 40 minutes, despite all the preparation and intent that we hoped for. Even at 2-0 you score one goal and you know one can become two, and the way we played in that second half, all it needed was a goal. I think Jayden was a bit surprised at how the ball landed to him, and he somehow contrived to miss it, but I think we did very well second half.’

West Brom head coach Alan Pardew in his comparative interview explained.

‘There wasn’t any whooping or jumping around, it was just a professional job. We were expected to win here and the most important thing was that we did win, it didn’t matter what manner. We won with a really good display, but even if we had scraped home and Exeter had battered us I wouldn’t have cared, as long as we won.’

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