West Brom Fan View: Great escape called off as they fall at the first hurdle

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Salomon Rondon cuts a forlorn figure as relegation looms
Salomon Rondon cuts a forlorn figure as relegation looms

If West Brom were to stand any chance of playing in the Premier League next season, they had to win at home against Huddersfield Town on Saturday, even a draw might not be enough to give them hope.

Not only did Alan Pardew’s side fail to win, they succumbed to a 2-1 loss and put in a performance that summed up perfectly why this side is so far adrift of safety.

It hurts to say it, but there were points during the game where our lack of ability and any sort of gameplan bordered on being humorous.

What else is there to do? I’ve gone through all the stages of emotions during this season. I’ve been angry, upset, disillusioned, perplexed, which then turned into optimism, and now, I’ve completely come to terms with relegation.

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The truth is that these Baggies players haven’t been anywhere near good enough all season, they were poor under Pulis and now they’re poor with Pardew in charge.

The fact ‘Taxi Gate’ even happened, sums up the player’s lack of respect and desire for the shirt. If the players thought there was any chance of avoiding relegation from the Premier League, that would not have happened. The players had already lost faith long before the Huddersfield game.

Huddersfield Town, a team promoted at the start of this season for the very first time in Premier League history, showed they were a better team than us. Collectively, technically, tactically and the team spirit, Huddersfield are better than West Brom in every conceivable way, how could this have been allowed to happen?


Allowing Pulis to survive at the end of last season, and letting him have the summer transfer window, was a massive mistake in hindsight. We can’t defend, we can’t score goals, we can’t play good football, we can’t play long-ball football, what can this team do well?

It’s time to admit that relegation is imminent, and the most important thing now is to get a long-term manager in to build a new team and push for promotion next season. Alan Pardew is not the answer.

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