04 Mar Alan Pardew tells West Brom to stick together amid horror run
Under-fire West Brom boss Alan Pardew has urged the club’s supporters to stay in “positive mode” after another demoralising defeat.
The Baggies were beaten 1-0 at Watford on Saturday, Troy Deeney’s goal ensuring a fifth consecutive defeat.
The Baggies remain rooted to the foot of the table and are now eight points
adrift of safety with only nine matches to play.
Speculation continues to surround Pardew’s position as manager with the Baggies hosting Leicester on Saturday.
“The mood of our stadium next week can only be one thing for us and hopefully the fans will stay with us,” he said.
“Although 30,000 of our fans were not at Watford because it was an away game – we appreciate the 2,000 that travelled – they have to come in a positive mode to the Hawthorns for us because that is the only chance we have got.
“The only chance we have got is to stick together and I said that to the players afterwards. So, hopefully our fans stay with us and next week we reward them with a win.”
Pardew has demanded more of the same from his players, who he felt had performed well before an error presented Watford with the chance to break and Deeney to score.
“It is a process of staying true to your profession and that is what I will do and I hope my players do the same,” he added.
“We will go to work next week to try and get ourselves a win and that is all we can do.
“In terms of building on that performance, there is something there from the game against Watford to build on.”
The win took Watford onto 36 points, nine above the drop zone, and Hornets boss Javi Gracia said: “If you get points it is good for the confidence and to build up the team. It is best to work this way.
“I don’t know where the team will be situated in the future but at this moment we try to enjoy, to improve the level day-by-day and that is the best mentality for the team.”