Pardew targetting key fixtures after Chelsea defeat

Last updated : 13 February 2018 By Site Editor

Alan Pardew is targetting Albion's next six fixtures to claw their way back up the league after a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Chelsea. 

Albion started brightly and should've been awarded a penalty when Jay Rodriguez was caught above the knee by Cesc Fabregas. 

Rodriguez then wasted a glorious opportunity when he was through on goal but snatched at his shot pulling his volley wide. 

Almost immediately after, Chelsea took the lead when Eden Hazard danced through Albion's defence and sent Ben Foster the wrong way. 

The Baggies rallied after the break and should've been level when Soloman Rondon wasted his own 1-on-1 with the keeper. From the resulting corner, Jonny Evans headed agonisingly wide. 

Minutes later Chelsea doubled their advantage when Victor Moses fired home from close range before another Eden Hazard special kept Albion rock bottom of the league and seven points from safety. 

"If we can get two or three wins in our next group of games we can put pressure on the other teams," Pardew said. 

"When you go to a top six team who are wounded a little bit, we had a great chance to hurt them. We missed a great chance and five minutes later we were 1-0 down.

"We just couldn't hurt them. Once they got the second goal you could see the relief in the team and the crowd."

Albion face Huddersfield, Leicester, Burnley and Swansea at home and Watford and Bournemouth away before going to Old Trafford in mid-April.