Alan Pardew desperately seeking West Brom momentum for Premier League survival bid

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Following their return from Catalonia, which was initially sanctioned to unify the players and alleviate the stresses of the English top-flight, the Championship-heading outfit were then dumped out of the FA Cup after Southampton claimed a 2-1 victory at the Hawthorns Stadium on Saturday.

West Bromwich Albion players Jonny Evans, Gareth Barry, Jake Livermore and Boaz Myhill have admitted to breaking a curfew that sparked tabloid controversy during their training break in Barcelona and left drew criticism from manager Alan Pardew.

Sturridge was withdrawn just four minutes into only his second West Brom start on Monday evening, with Chelsea beating the Premier League's basement boys 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.

The Baggies fell to their fourth defeat in a row today when they were dumped out of the FA Cup by Saints, but they almost came back from 2-0 down to take the South Coast side to a replay.

The Ulsterman could do nothing to stop Southampton taking the lead through Wesley Hoedt on 11 minutes, with Dusan Tadic adding the second after the interval.

Alan Pardew knows West Brom must discover some momentum if they are to have any chance of remaining in the Premier League.

"I believe if you had asked us and the Sheffield Wednesday manager, we'd have gone to penalties". Evans has captained West Brom this season but the club said Gareth McAuley would be wearing the armband.

The club management said earlier Friday that an internal investigation of the episode was underway, providing neither a description of the events nor the names of the players, reports Efe.

"I have to get wins and I made a decision I thought was right".

"It was hard to go 2-0 down in the circumstances we're under and I think anybody who was here today will see that was a proper fight and a proper effort. Maybe a couple of players will come back I think, I imagine, but the other maybe a little bit longer".

Last night the four said in a statement: "We would like to take this opportunity to apologise".

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