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Alan Pardew hopes to remain at West Brom as pressure builds

By Matt Wilson | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

Under-pressure boss Alan Pardew hopes he is allowed to remain as Albion head coach but has admitted the decision is out of his hands.

Alan Pardew. (AMA)

Pardew is on the brink after the Baggies slipped to their fifth defeat in a row at home to relegation rivals Huddersfield Town.

It leaves rock-bottom Albion seven points from safety with 10 games remaining after a run of one league win in 26 matches. In fact, the club have only won three league games in their last 37 on a dismal run stretching back to last season.

Pardew was appointed in November after Tony Pulis was sacked but results have got worse under him, and this latest defeat to the Terriers has likely condemned the team to relegation.

There was a toxic atmosphere at The Hawthorns this afternoon, with fans singing 'You're not fit to wear the shirt' at their underperforming players and 'You're getting sacked in the morning' to Pardew.

The head coach admitted there was no point defending the performance, but when he was asked if he expected to remain in his post, he said: "Well, I hope so but obviously that decision is not with me."

When the calls for his head were put to him, he responded: "I think it’s frustration. This team has won three games in 37 game which says everything.

" At the moment we’ve got to kind of find a way, whichever way it is, to win a game and my job is to try and get ourselves up for next week and win away from home and that’s what we will try to do."

“This was our opportunity today to try and get us rolling. Of course we've let that slip.

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"Unfortunately we can't wind the clock back and as much as I can say this or make excuses about that, we've lost a game against Huddersfield today.

"We've got to go to the next game, stick our chest out, show a bit of pride and try and win a game of football.”

Albion were stung by two Huddersfield goals in eight second-half minutes, but it was a poor performance that lacked conviction and fight from many players.

When Pardew was asked if he thought the players should take more responsibility he said: "Our record over the last 37 games speaks for itself really. We've got to try and find some performances and we've got to all stand up.

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"There's no point me defending myself or defending my players. We've got to stand up.

"I'm going to stand up and manage the team and they've got to stand up and give us performances where we get seven, eight and nine out of 10 performances. We're not getting those at the moment and we didn't have enough of those today for sure.”

Pardew's decision to keep faith in underperforming players like Gareth Barry and Matt Phillips played its part in Albion's downfall today.

Barry, who has recently been fined two weeks wages for his involvement in an incident in Spain, was booed off the pitch when he was brought off and there was also a smattering of sarcastic cheering when Phillips was replaced.

Pardew's poor selection was magnified by Chris Brunt's performance off the bench. The long-serving Northern Irishman created Albion's goal after just seven minutes on the pitch with a trademark delivery from a corner.

But when Pardew was asked if he regretted his team selection, he said: “I don't think we should make this an individual thing.

"This is team thing and regardless of my selection today, the team didn't win against Huddersfield at home, so I don't think they (the fans) were going to be best pleased about any sort of decision.

"So we have to accept that and move on, and that's what we'll do. We just have to go to the next week and hopefully get ourselves a win.

"I think it’s easy to say ‘This was wrong, that was wrong’. I just think both goals defensively as a unit were wrong really.

"Ahmed [Hegazi] was slow coming out for the first goal and kept him onside and it was those moments just after half time that cost us.

"Second half as the game wore on, we got more threatening. We got a goal, perhaps could have got something. If I’m honest it was a really scruffy game all the way through.

"No one really had any control over the game and that was something we needed to do today."

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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