Bournemouth fight back to beat West Brom

Bournemouth fight back to beat West Brom

Alan Pardew was tight-lipped on West Bromwich Albion's survival hopes after his side lost 2-1 to Bournemouth on Saturday.

With several of the Premier League's big guns on FA Cup quarterfinal duty this weekend, the focus in a reduced top-flight fixture list turned to the battle to avoid relegation.

James Tomkins sent the Eagles ahead after 23 minutes before Luka Milivojević sealed the win from the penalty spot in the 68th minute.

And Pardew conceded it was a tough afternoon for his side.

"It is vitally important". It's hard. This was particularly harsh, we didn't make many errors in the whole game but unfortunately we've lost.

"To get something here at least puts us back in some sort of equilibrium".

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The visitors were leading until the 77th minute through Jay Rodriguez's finish early in the second half.

West Brom still looked relatively comfortable, but the Baggies have dropped more points from winning positions than any other side this season and that unwanted trait reared its head again 13 minutes from time when Ibe cut inside from the left flank and fired an effort across goal which nestled in the bottom far corner.

Stanislas curled home the 88th-minute victor from a free kick after Ibe levelled the scores 11 minutes earlier with a shot that deceived West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster.

That will be easier said than done, though, considering the fact that West Brom have won just once away from home in the league all season long.

West Brom, bottom of the table with just 20 points, surrendered the lead to lose 2-1 to Bournemouth on Saturday, matching a club record with a seventh consecutive league loss that leaves them 10 points from safety.

"It is so hurtful for our fans and our players", Pardew said. I think anybody who was here today - even our harshest critic - would say that there was good belief in the team to try to get a victory. "It is really hard on our players, it was an unbelievable effort and we have nothing to show for it".

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