Alan Pardew reckons West Brom job is safe for next season

Alan Pardew reckons West Brom job is safe for next season

When Ashley Barnes' scissor kick put the visitors ahead after 22 minutes it was a long way back for the Baggies, who haven't come from behind to win a Premier League game since February previous year.

West Brom forced a late scramble and knocked on the door but the comeback ultimately fell short, leaving Alan Pardew's men 10 points shy of safety and with their dwindling chances of survival seemingly set to evaporate over the remaining six fixtures.

New Zealand forward Chris Wood added the second in the 73rd minute, heading home after his initial shot had been saved but West Brom got back into the game through Salomon Rondon's strike seven minutes from time.

"The lads are enjoying what they are doing but they know the reality of the Premier League and how tough it is, they know we are not the real deal", Dyche said at his post-match press conference.


"It's a balance between having some strong words in the dressing room and knocking people who are very nervous. He's been a serious loss to the team, if I'm honest".

The Clarets' first-half performance was about as commanding as it's possible to be on the road. The ball fortuitously ricocheted into the path of Aaron Lennon down the right and his cross was slightly behind Barnes but the striker hooked a volley over his shoulder and into the top corner.

With his side managing to hold on however, Dyche was full of. "His game has improved season on season with us and he continues to do so". We have got to keep learning.

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