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Focus on new West Brom manager Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew had to settle for a 0-0 draw against his former club Crystal Palace in his first game in charge of West Brom.

The new manager failed to inspire a win and Albion are now without a victory in their last 13 Premier League games.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at how Pardew got on at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

Team selection

Pardew made just one change, which was enforced, as Jay Rodriguez replaced Matt Phillips who had failed to recover from the hamstring injury he suffered on Tuesday.

It allowed Albion to field an attacking team which also included Salomon Rondon and Hal Robson-Kanu while teenage defender Max Melbourne was a surprise inclusion on the bench.

Reception

The new boss was given a warm reception by the home fans, with the away supporters also chanting his name following his career as a player and manager at Selhurst Park.

It remained an understated welcome for the 56-year-old, with little fanfare, with confidence around The Hawthorns still low following the winless run which cost Tony Pulis his job.

Tactics

Pardew had spoken about trying to get the best out of what he had, rather than trying to force the team into a preferred system.

The Baggies started in a 4-4-2 shape but quickly switched to 4-3-3 with Rodriguez and Robson-Kanu flanking Rondon, but the attacking formation failed to earn a goal.

Performance

Albion began brightly and were on top for the first half an hour with Robson-Kanu, Rondon and Rodriguez all threatening early.

But once Gareth Barry came off injured after half an hour the Baggies lost a large degree of control before regaining their composure and dominating the second half without a goal.

Overall

Albion were bright enough but lacked the invention which had also been missing under former boss Pulis.

Pardew insisted before the game the team would not have his stamp for a few weeks and avoiding defeat against a relegation rival was vital. But the stalemate showed he must rebuild confidence and add to the quality at West Brom.

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