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Alan Pardew: West Brom will keep fighting even if we've been written off

By Matt Wilson | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

Determined boss Alan Pardew understands why Albion’s survival chances have been written off – but he’s vowed to keep fighting until the end.

Alan Pardew. (AMA)

Three defeats on the spin has left the Baggies seven points from safety and with 11 games to go, they are staring down the barrel of relegation.

Owner Guochuan Lai took drastic action this week, sacking chairman John Williams and chief executive Martin Goodman.

Pardew remains safe for now, and even though he’s only won one out of his 13 league games, he believes the team can drag themselves back into contention with an inviting run of fixtures coming up.

Albion face Huddersfield, Watford, Leicester, Bournemouth, Burnley and Swansea in their next six games.

"People will be writing us off and quite rightly if you look at our wins column," said Pardew. "The only people who are going to believe we can do it is ourselves.

"Of course we're going to fight until the end. The games coming up, if you looked at the calendar, you'd say this was our period.

"But there's no point saying these are good games, you've got to win them.

"That's something we haven't managed to do for a long, long time now. We've drawn a lot of games.

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"I think we've drawn more games since the 1st January 2017 than any other team. If you look at our defeats column (this season), it's the same as Watford, who are 12th.

"We've got to win games. Therefore, we've got to score the goals to win games. Losing Daniel (Sturridge) wasn't ideal, we've got to hope that wasn't too bad."

Albion lost their marquee January signing to injury on Monday night, less than three minutes into their 3-0 defeat to Chelsea.

The Liverpool loanee is due to have a scan today, but is expected to be out for two weeks.

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Albion's squad is currently in Barcelona, where they are using Espanyol's facilities for warm weather training.

Pardew has organised the trip to bond the team together and he's hoping the change will have a rejuvenating affect on his players ahead of a crucial period of games.

"Just a change of routine if I'm honest," he said. "Get a little bit of sun on our backs and give ourselves some resolve going into these final games.

"We need a bit of team building, and a bit of hard work as well."

Matt Wilson

By Matt Wilson
Football MMPJ - @mattwilson_star

Sports reporter at the Express & Star, who primarily covers West Bromwich Albion.

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