Date: 19th February 2018 at 1:37pm
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Head coach Alan Pardew has heaped praise on the fans for their support during yet another difficult period this season.

Sitting bottom of the Premier League table and taxi-gate enveloping the weekend as we crashed out of the FA Cup two one to Southampton at The Hawthorns this weekend, speaking to as he met with the media following the defeat, Pardew said he felt for the fans and he certainly appreciated their support as we looked to earn ourselves a replay from the game.

‘We started a bit nervously but there was a lot of good energy on the pitch and in the second half I thought we deserved something. It`s a shame for our fans because I thought they were really good for us today. We really appreciate that and we`re going to need them over these next 11 games.’

With Salomon Rondon making it a one goal game in the second half, Pardew went on to say.

‘Our goal was a great goal, a fantastic goal. We needed it really, it was a confidence booster for us all. That gave us a bit of a grandstand finish, but unfortunately we couldn`t squeeze another goal in during that period.’

Whilst West Brom didn’t dominate possession on the day Pardew will be taking the positives from so many chances being created on the day, but clearly we need to develop a far more positive clinical edge if we are to mount a late push away from relegation.

Southampton scored twice from three efforts on target, yet we managed only one goal from seven attempts. Efforts off target also saw us create 23 opportunities in total compared to Southampton’s five.

If chances can become goals we have a shot at survival, keep wasting those chances as we did against Southampton and we’re only going in one direction.

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