Pardew & Evans Have To Look Forward
A despondent West Brom head coach Alan Pardew knew we'd had the chances to take something from last night's clash against Chelsea and we only had ourselves to blame in many ways.
Heading to Stamford Bridge for the tie against Antonio Conte's side, the pressure was on both teams - our league position is fairly obvious to everyone and Conte's side had suffered back to back defeats.
Sadly for us, Eden Hazard scored midway through the first half and even though we had guilt edged chances of our own to get back into the match, a failure to finish was our Achille's heel and having wasted those opportunities to rock Chelsea and build their nerves, Victor Moses added a second before Hazard completed his brace.
Chelsea did dominate the statistics, but had we been able to get more than one effort on target the match wasn't as one sided as history will make it look.
Speaking to wba.co.uk in his post game press interviews, Pardew knew that at one nil we should've tied the game up and had we done so, things could well have been different.
'We came here to put them under pressure because we knew they were wounded. You need to hurt them - we had the chance to put the dagger in really. Jay`s missed a big chance there, and if he`d had another touch I think he scores. And then at 1-0 we had a chance to change the dynamic of the game. Once you go 2-0 down at a top-six club it`s difficult.'
'I felt for my defenders because they`ve worked really hard and done a lot of good work tonight.'
Skipper Jonny Evans was also in front of the cameras at the full time whistle, and he knew we had to put the game behind us and focus on the next match and the run we have coming up.
'We have a big set of games coming up - four or five that we can really look at to change our season. We`ll go away to Barcelona and hopefully come back a bit refreshed and look forward to the FA Cup game. We`ll go out and enjoy that because there`s not as much pressure on us as a team. Up until the second goal tonight we were still in the game, even though obviously the scoreline doesn't make it seem that way. I think we can be pleased with certain aspects, and disappointed with others.'
With the loss of Daniel Sturridge to injury after three minutes a bad day simply got worse, but at least on the Sturridge front a fortnight out is being talked about so it's not too serious.