Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Palace improve survival hopes, West Brom facing relegation

Palace improve survival hopes, West Brom facing relegation

The Cherries snatched all three points when Stanislas finally found the target from a dead-ball situation, the winger bending a fantastic effort out of Foster's reach to leave Pardew and West Brom on the brink.

Jay Rodriguez looked set to ease the pressure on Pardew when he opened the scoring early in the second half at the Vitality Stadium, but late goals from Jordon Ibe and Junior Stanislas meant they returned home empty-handed.

The result plunged West Brom closer to relegation as they remain rooted to the foot of the table with 20 points from 31 games, seven behind 19th-placed Stoke City - and 10 short of safety - with seven games remaining.

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He said: "I didn't expect to lose Jonny today because he trained okay this week, but obviously he had been sick and he was cramping up". That little change was unfortunate, he couldn't move. Asked if his team have left themselves with too much to do, Pardew said: "If you look at our record since the start of the year, you would have to say yes but, of course, we have to keep battling on". "It will go to the wire but that was a massive win for us". When you're down the bottom of the league that does happen. "Unfortunately for us, it wasn't".

"I just think there's certain areas of the team where we make mistakes and get punished". When Craig Dawson felled Joshua King 25 yards from goal, Stanislas stepped up to sink Albion with a peach of a free-kick.

Pardew's side face a crucial game against Bournemouth tomorrow, and nothing less than a win will do, if they are to have any chance whatsoever of avoiding the drop this season.

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"I said to him sometimes an apology isn't enough, so I fined him and also said I don't ever want to see it again".

"West Brom made it tough, they are a very experienced side, they have very experienced Premier League players and an experienced manager, so it was hard to find a way to win against them".

Pardew also confirmed Grzegorz Krychowiak was fined after his reaction to his second-half substitution during the game against Leicester.

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"But football has a unusual way of working like that".

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