Bournemouth hit late winner against rock-bottom West Brom

From BBC - March 17, 2018

Alan Pardew acknowledged that his West Brom side are "nearing the last-chance saloon" after a late Junior Stanislas free-kick condemned them to a seventh straight Premier League defeat.

Albion are 10 points from a position of safety with seven games to play, as opponents Bournemouth came from a goal down to end their own four-match winless run.

"It's tough for my players in particular," Pardew said. "We got in a great position, made a couple of errors and got punished, which has been the story of our season.

"Without it being our last chance, it's nearing the last chance saloon. It was a galling way to end the game."

Jay Rodriguez looked to have set up Albion for only a fourth league victory of the season when he spun to hook in Salomon Rondon's downward header early in the second half.

But Pardew's side lost their concentration amid a defensive reshuffle following the substitution of captain Jonny Evans, falling to a defeat that the head coach called "heartbreaking".

Jordon Ibe took advantage as he cut in from the left to bounce a shot past keeper Ben Foster from 25 yards.

Then Stanislas, who had been off-target with a couple of free-kicks from a similar distance earlier in the match, floated a perfect shot over the wall and inside the post from the edge of the area.

Pardew played down speculation about his own future, saying: "I get asked every week. When you are losing, it's difficult. I am contracted here for another three years and I am going to keep fighting until such time I am told not to."

Albion's discipline falls apart

Few people seriously believe West Brom will avoid relegation after a dreadful winter, beset by abysmal results on the pitch and embarrassment off it too.

Pardew, appointed to replace the sacked Tony Pulis in November, is widely expected to leave the club at the end of the season, with Leicester assistant manager Michael Appleton reportedly the favoured candidate to take over.

The important thing for Albion at present is to restore a bit of pride - and for much of the afternoon, they looked as if they would do that.

A very disciplined set-up of five defenders and three deep-lying midfielders did much to frustrate the home side's attack; Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson touched the ball only four times in the first half.

Bournemouth nudge towards safety

Man of the match - Jordon Ibe (Bournemouth)

Albion's 24-point drop - the key stats

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