Pardew Delighted With Exeter Win
West Bromwich Albion head coach Alan Pardew has spoken of his delight at seeing the side gain some momentum in our victory over Exeter City last weekend.
Having head to St James Park for the FA Cup third round tie, West Brom took a two nil victory over Paul Tisdale's side with goals coming from Salomon Rondon and Jay Rodriguez.
Speaking to wba.co.uk as he met with the media following the game, Pardew's biggest delight was putting an end to our run of form and picking up that win for confidence purposes.
'Some things that we've worked on came to fruition today, especially in the last third. We looked a lot more threatening, could have - and should have - been 3-0 up really. We could have been 4-0 up we had so many chances! But a really professional job. The environment wasn't easy; it was a horrible pitch, no stands down two sides. It would have been easy not to be focused but we were very focused. We got the goal at a good time - first half we were outstanding I thought.'
Pardew was also quick to acknowledge the fans.
'The fans were brilliant. I'm glad we've given them something to go home with that made them feel a little bit warmer heading into the Brighton game because we need that stadium really rocking. We know how important that is. it was important that we won today. I made few changes and made sure we kept the momentum we gained in the last two or three games.'
Having found the net in the game, Rodriguez was also in front of the press.
'It`s obviously nice to get the victory given the run that we have been on. It`s important to get the win and it`s a nice feeling. It`s a difficult place to come and we knew what we had to do. We were after a quick goal and we got one thankfully which took the pressure off us a little bit.'
'We were clinical at times and could`ve gone on to get a few more goals. We have to kick on from this performance now and get that Premier League win that we are all after.'
With Chris Brunt taking the skippers armband as Jonny Evans missed the game, he was focused on Brighton next and taking the boost into the Premier League.
'It was always going to be difficult conditions with the way their stadium is, the wind blowing and the pitch wasn't great. But we adapted to it well in the first half, i thought we started really well and created a lot of chances to put them under pressure. We could have been well out of sight at half time but missed the penalty and it just takes that one mistake - obviously Ben Foster spilled that one and they hit the post just before half time.'
Brunt went on to say that in some ways that probably helped as they knew they couldn't take their foot off the gas in the match.
'That reminded us that we were still in a game, and credit to the lads because we dug in during the second half even though we didn't play as well as we could have done. All in all it was a game we needed to win. Obviously we`re on a horrendous run in all competitions, so it was nice to break that duck and hopefully we can take a bit of confidence into the Brighton game next week.'