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Alan Pardew: 'I am still the right man for the job'

20 February 2018

A week to forget for West Brom was rounded off with an FA Cup exit as fellow Premier League strugglers Southampton won 2-1 at The Hawthorns on Saturday to reach the quarter-finals.

West Brom quartet Jonny Evans, Gareth Barry, Jake Livermore and Boaz Myhill issued an apology on Friday relating to "an incident" during a mid-winter training camp in Spain, which is being investigated by the club, with the Baggies also sitting seven points adrift of safety at the foot of the Premier League table.

According to Reuters, four West Brom players were questioned by police over the alleged theft of a taxi this week.

Salomon Rondon reduced the deficit in the 56th minute with a brilliant volley from Grzegorz Krychowiak's lofted through-ball but the Baggies could not get an equaliser as Ahmed Hegazi hit the bar and Ryan Bertrand cleared Rondon's follow-up off the line.

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Two of those involved in the incident, Jonny Evans and Gareth Barry, both started against Southampton after apologising for their part in the incident although Evans was stripped of the captaincy. Evans has captained West Brom this season but the club's Twitter feed listed Gareth McAuley as wearing the armband.

When Pardew was asked if Albion's flat first-half performance was down to the events in mid-week, when some of the players were out until 6am, he said: "I don't know".

The second half proved that.

Pardew said: "They broke a curfew and that's unacceptable and I feel a bit let down by that".

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"They thought it was amusing but I felt sorry for him".

"We don't think it's a very serious one but it's probably serious enough to keep him out of the next two games".

"It was hard to go 2-0 down in the circumstances we're under and I think anybody who was here today will see that was a proper fight and a proper effort".

He said: "It was an unlucky day yesterday, the day before we travel, Maya (Yoshida), Sofiane (Boufal) and Shane (Long), plus Charlie (Austin), but I've never, ever seen something like that in one day".

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Alan Pardew: 'I am still the right man for the job'