West Brom boss Pardew: 'A week you wouldn't wish for'

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Mauricio Pellegrino needs results to go his way to survive at Southampton Credit REUTERS

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.

Connor Galdson added a second for a much-changed Brighton before the break, and Leonardo Ulloa netted his first goal since returning to the Amex on the hour mark before a late consolation from Jonson Clarke-Harris.

No arrests were made and police let the four millionaire players fly home but they remain "under investigation".

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Jake Livermore and Boaz Myhill also admitted they had broken a team curfew when they took a taxi from Barcelona city centre at 5.30am on Thursday.

Pardew said: "There was a problem in terms of selection because of the incident to go with my strongest team". Evans, stripped of the captaincy by manager Alan Pardew as Gareth McAuley skippered the side, was first to be announced and it seemed the fan's dissatisfaction was more audible towards him.

"From the beginning, even in a hard situation like today at the end we were there competing well with good concentration, well focused, I think when you play against this side that in physical battles they are really strong you have to make your opponent feel under pressure all the time and we didn't concede in any set plays which is important". "Gareth Barry was okay today but I thought Jonny was very good actually in the circumstances".

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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. I'm confident that we are going to put performances (together) that give us the chance to do that".

"Southampton are good at manoeuvring the ball and restricting you from pressure, that's the one thing they are good at".

"I think we need to kind of make sure everything is geared to the 11 games we have left in the league and this little cup run, which could turn into a big cup run".

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"I am an experienced manager and I'll try to use my experience to get us out of this situation".

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