West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Pardew expressed his happiness over his team’s 2-0 win over Exter City in Saturday’s FA Cup third round match and felt that the win difference could have been more.
“Some things that we’ve worked on came to fruition today, especially in the last third,” he said. “We looked a lot more threatening, could have – and should have – been 3-0 up really. We could have been 4-0 up we had so many chances! But a really professional job,” Pardew was quoted by the official website of West Bromwich.
“The environment wasn’t easy; it was a horrible pitch, no stands down two sides. It would have been easy not to be focused but we were very focused. We got the goal at a good time – first half we were outstanding I thought,” he said, according to www.wba.co.uk.
Happy with the way the fans backed his team in the knockout clash, he encouraged more of the same when Brighton visit The Hawthorns next weekend.
“The fans were brilliant. I’m glad we’ve given them something to go home with that made them feel a little bit warmer heading into the Brighton game because we need that stadium really rocking. We know how important that is,” he said.
Meanwhile, forward Jay Rodriguez was pleased to see Albion execute their gameplan. He said: “It’s obviously nice to get the victory given the run that we have been on. It’s important to get the win and it’s a nice feeling. “It’s a difficult place to come and we knew what we had to do. We were after a quick goal and we got one thankfully which took the pressure off us a little bit.”