Belfast Telegraph

Alan Pardew kept waiting for a win as goal-shy West Brom are denied by Everton

West Brom's Craig Dawson wastes a fine chance for the Baggies during their 0-0 draw with Everton.
West Brom's Craig Dawson wastes a fine chance for the Baggies during their 0-0 draw with Everton.

Frustrated Alan Pardew refused to put all the blame on his misfiring strikers after West Brom extended their winless run to 18 Premier League games.

Forward Salomon Rondon and defender Craig Dawson missed clear first-half chances as the Baggies were held to a 0-0 draw by Everton.

Albion will want to make amends against Arsenal on Sunday, with head coach Pardew still looking for his first win after six attempts since taking over from Tony Pulis.

They are second bottom of the table, three points from safety, after the Hawthorns stalemate.

Pardew said: "I couldn't fault the players. We can't blame the strikers entirely. Nine times out of 10 you win that game, we just couldn't find that moment. We missed a couple of chances early on but I don't know if that affected the strikers.

"I couldn't ask the team to do much more. Everton are on a decent run and defended great. It's a shame we couldn't get the win as with the other teams drawing it would have been a significant win.

"That's what the league is about, you keep hanging in there until they come.

"I don't know if being close to a win really counts. Wins come in different shapes. There are a lot of positives, we're hungry for the three points but frustrated at the same time."

Albion have now scored just 14 times in 20 games and Pardew's striking options took another hit with Rondon suffering a hamstring injury.

He appeared to pull up after slicing horribly wide early in the second half, having also missed his kick in front of goal after just five minutes, while Dawson planted a free header over after 19 minutes.

In contrast to the Baggies, Everton boss Sam Allardyce is yet to lose since being appointed in November, the first Toffees manager to go unbeaten in his first seven matches.

The visitors could have stolen the points with two minutes left when Ben Foster denied Oumar Niasse but Everton were toothless until then, missing 11-goal top scorer Wayne Rooney who was out with a virus.

"It's a great point for us under the pressure we came under. I thought our defensive qualities yet again were a major part," said Allardyce.

"With our troubles, with players missing, it's only to be expected we're not delivering the performance in possession, but only conceding two goals in eight games is a remarkable turnaround from a team which conceded 25 in eight.

"Oumar could have won it. Whether we deserved it doesn't matter, in the Premier League you get what you can.

"Wayne travelled last night but went back this morning . Hopefully his course of antibiotics will shift his problem quickly."


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