West Brom boss Alan Pardew has paid tribute to his players following their performance in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Southampton in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Wesley Hoedt and Dusan Tadic had put the Saints two goals up in Saturday’s clash at the Hawthorns but Salomon Rondon’s powerful volley on 58 minutes gave the hosts hope of a comeback.
“I didn’t think we were great in the first half after a week of not what you would have really wished for, but we pushed Southampton in the second half,” Pardew told BBC Sport after the game.
“Then we get a great goal and there was a grandstand finish. But it defines our season, we know what to do now.
“It’s been difficult but in terms of experience on the pitch and attitude and reaction, I was pleased. It was a difficult day for the players, we gave a good account of ourselves and we are slightly unfortunate.”