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Thursday 13 December 2018

Pardew accepts criticism

BOOED OFF: Alan Pardew
BOOED OFF: Alan Pardew

West Brom boss Alan Pardew has stressed he and his players have to accept the criticism coming their way and simply keep looking forward in their battle for Premier League survival.

During the 2-1 home loss to Huddersfield on Saturday, there were cries from Baggies fans of “you’re getting sacked in the morning” directed at Pardew and “you’re not fit to wear the shirt” at his team.

Boos rang around The Hawthorns at the final whistle, as had been the case in the 69th minute when Gareth Barry was substituted for Jake Livermore - two of the four Albion players who broke a curfew and allegedly stole a taxi while on a club training trip in Barcelona last week.

What was their fourth successive league defeat left rock-bottom West Brom still seven points adrift of safety, with 10 games left to play. The next of those is Saturday’s trip to Watford.

Pardew said with regard to what had been heard from the fans on Saturday: “We have to accept that and move on, and that is what we will do.

“We just have to go to the next week and hopefully get a win.”

Strikes from Rajiv van La Parra in the 48th minute and Steve Mounie in the 56th put Huddersfield 2-0 up before Craig Dawson replied with a header in the 64th.

When asked if he expected to hold on to his job, Pardew said: “I hope so but obviously that decision is not with me.”

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