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West Bromwich Albion crisis rumbles on with Southampton FA Cup defeat

West Bromwich Albion suffered a 2-1 defeat to fellow Premier League strugglers Southampton FC in the FA Cup at the Hawthorns today.

football Updated: Feb 17, 2018 22:56 IST
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Southampton's Dutch defender Wesley Hoedt (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal of the English FA Cup fifth round football match between West Bromwich Albion and Southampton at The Hawthorns stadium in West Bromwich, central England, on February 17, 2018. (AFP)

A week to forget for West Bromwich Albion was rounded off with an FA Cup exit as fellow Premier League strugglers Southampton won 2-1 at the Hawthorns on Saturday to reach the quarter-finals.

West Brom boss Alan Pardew named Jonny Evans and Gareth Barry in his starting line-up despite the experienced duo forming half of a group of four players questioned by Spanish police this week over the theft of a taxi on the club’s warm weather training trip to Barcelona.

The break was supposed to refresh Pardew’s squad ahead of the run in to the league season with the Baggies rooted to the foot of the table, seven points adrift of safety.

Jake Livermore and Boaz Myhill also admitted they had broken a team curfew when they took a taxi from Barcelona city centre at 5.30 am (0430GMT) on Thursday morning.

Earlier this week, the club sacked chairman John Williams and chief executive Martin Goodman due to poor results on the field this season.

And the only positive for Pardew’s men is that they can now concentrate on survival as the Saints won for the second time in as many weeks at the Hawthorns.

Wesley Hoedt took advantage of some slack West Brom marking to head home his first goal for Southampton just 11 minutes in.

Dusan Tadic doubled the visitors’ advantage on the counter-attack after the break and Southampton held out despite Salomon Rondon’s spectacular volleyed consolation.

Saints join Chelsea and Leicester City in the hat for the quarter-final draw later on Saturday after they saw off Hull and Sheffield United respectively on Friday.

Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City face an unwanted replay after an insipid 0-0 draw on Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal’s return to Hillsborough.

“It’s a score nobody wants,” said Carvalhal, whose side are also battling for Premier League survival.

“Maybe in the future, if the managers and referee agree after the first game we can go to penalties, we can finish the game today.

“I believe if you had asked us and the Sheffield Wednesday manager, we’d have gone to penalties.”

Manchester United travel to Huddersfield later on Saturday, but will have to do without Paul Pogba after the Frenchman was ruled out by illness.

First Published: Feb 17, 2018 22:54 IST