Date: 19th January 2018 at 12:32am
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West Bromwich Albion head coach Alan Pardew has been previewing the clash against Everton this weekend and insisted every precaution had been taken with Craig Dawson and Ahmed Hegazi given their collision during victory over Brighton in the last game.

Having collided in the six yard box in the final 15 minutes of the two nil victory last weekend, Pardew told wba.co.uk as he met with the media this week that both had been thoroughly checked across the week to ensure there was no fall out from the accident.

‘We’ve had to monitor Ahmed Hegazi and Craig Dawson after their clash last weekend against Brighton. We have had to go through all the procedures that have to happen with a head injury. We are pretty confident that they will be ok. We will find out on Friday.’

Looking to the challenge that will be Everton more directly, Pardew said the focus had to be on our own performance rather than worrying about them. With back to back wins in recent weeks and Brighton representing our first Premier League win since August, Pardew did know we went into the tie with renewed confidence however.

‘It was a big day for us against Brighton and we managed the game very, very well. When you’ve gone so long without winning, to win in the manner that we did was surprising a little bit to me as a professional. Usually for your first win you scrape over the line or you have some really hairy times completing the victory. But we were comfortable in those last fifteen minutes. I think they had once good chance perhaps but other than that we kept them really quiet.’

Looking forward to the weekend, he went on to say.

‘We go to Everton in a better moment than when we went to Exeter. Any win in the Premier League is massive and it got us in touch with the group. We’ve still got a lot to do to try to win at Everton. It’s our home games that will determine our future but on the away games we’ve got to win the odd game and pick up as many points as possible. Everton have had a strange period because when Sam Allardyce first came in they had some great results and everything looked like it would be smooth running. But they’ve had a tricky spell and in light of that some new signings have come in which strengthens Sam’s hand. For us it’s a little bit of the unknown. We don’t know what team they’ll pick, especially after a big defeat at Tottenham.’

He added.

‘It really is going to be about how we deliver a performance. We’ll just plan on our performance levels, to keep them the same and hopefully get a win.’

The club have also confirmed that Everton have agreed to stage a minute’s applause for the legend that remains Cyrille Regis following his passing this week.

Both sides will wear black armbands as a mark of respect and the minute’s applause will take place ahead of kick off.

West Brom CEO Martin Goodman said.

‘We are very appreciative of this warm and respectful gesture from Everton. Obviously, this has been a tremendously difficult week for everyone here but this is a reminder that Cyrille`s impact spread far beyond the boundaries of The Hawthorns. I know our fans will be very grateful at this opportunity to pay tribute to him.’

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