Saturday 24 March 2018

Heat's on Pardew

West Brom’s Alan Pardew
West Brom’s Alan Pardew

West Brom boss Alan Pardew admits any FA Cup progress is unlikely to take the heat off their Premier League struggles.

Albion head to Sky Bet League Two Exeter in the third round today and are without a win in their last 21 games across all competitions.

Tuesday's 2-1 defeat at West Ham kept Albion second bottom in the Premier League and left Pardew still waiting for his first win in eight attempts since taking charge. Pardew is expected to pick a strong side but knows the pressure will come when they return to the league. He said: "For us it will be something to build on and gain momentum from, but I don't think it's going to relieve the pressure of winning in the Premier League, it's its own competition.

"In football terms it's important we win and get into the fourth round and create some kind of excitement for our fans, some kind of hope for them.

"For us, there's pressure on us to win any game, there's no doubt about that, but less pressure to a degree in this competition.

"No matter what team it is, just get through and be in the hat," he added.

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