West Bromwich Albion 1 – Burnley 2
Goodbye West Brom. Good luck in the Championship.
It’s still not mathematically certain, but West Brom are going down from the Premier League.
There’s no coming back for the Baggies after Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Burnley.
Alan Pardew has now been in charge for eight successive Premier League.
The only reason Pardew hasn’t been sacked by West Brom is because the club’s financial situation is so dire they are unwilling to pay him off.
Will Pardew still be in charge of West Brom next season? Will he resign, as the club so obviously want him to do?
The in-form Ashley Barnes put Burnley ahead in the 22nd minute, before Chris Wood doubled the advantage in the 73rd.
Salomon Rondon pulled one goal back, but West Borm couldn’t find a leveller.
Alan Pardew turns on West Brom’s players
Rather than accept blame for the Burnley defeat, Alan Pardew turned on his players.
Pardew laid the blame for the defeat squarely at the feet of the Baggies squad, saying:
We did not really engage them in the first half. We were so tentative in what we did, in closing the ball down, in possession.
It was not the team I have seen in training this week. That is the situation we are in.
We have to deal with Saturday afternoon when there are thousands of people here and a lot of pressure from the media. We did not cope with that very well today.
We have another tough game next week here at home (against Swansea) and we have to be confident enough to stand up to the opposition and go and ask them questions, which we did not do in the first half.
You have to feel for #WBA fans. The finances don't sound pretty, they've lost again and they've got to listen to Pardew's post match comments! Dreadful manager! Always a club I've liked to be honest, even though our record vs them is awful!! All the best in the Championship.
— Jonny Lupton (@jlup1980) March 31, 2018
Pardew taken 12 points of 84 with West Brom and Palace now. Ouch
— Chris Boden (@bodenknights) March 31, 2018
Watch footage of Alan Pardew’s complete post match presser after Burnley below.
Also see: It’s done: West Brom ‘agree’ deal.