West Brom manager Sam Allardyce described a particular moment in his side’s loss to Leicester as ‘horrific’ and questioned the club’s end-of-season fixture list.
West Brom took a heavy blow to their hopes of survival after a shambolic display crippled their chances of success throughout. Leicester had their own motivations, approaching Champions League football with a dominant 3-0 victory.
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A three-goal blitz in a thirteen-minute spell midway through the first half gave the Baggies a mountain to climb. In truth, they never came close to being scaled.
The loss leaves West Brom nine points adrift of safety with just six games to go.
Talk to BT Sport After the game, Allardyce said: “Leicester were way too good for us, especially in the first half.
“We tried to deal with their first two and one of the main reasons for our recent results has been our defensive solidarity. Today Leicester tore it up. We couldn’t face it.
“It was a respectable second half but we didn’t get much at the other end. We had a good chance to open the scoring but Mbaye Diagne missed his kick and these are the kind of chances we can’t afford to miss.
“At the end of the day, we really deserved to be beaten. Was it great pressure from Leicester that forced us to make so many mistakes? They are on a high note, you can see why they are in the top four, they are as good as anyone in the league other than Manchester City.
“You have to understand the basics and these basics have abandoned us tonight. We have to win five out of six to get a sniff. We will do our best.
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“You can see why Leicester is where he is in the league and why he is in the cup final,” Allardyce added. “We couldn’t cope with it.
“We tried to attack when we had the ball, but we were far from where we were. Leicester are much better than Southampton and much better than Chelsea – they’re as good as the best boys. They are only behind Man City on this performance.
“The first two in the first half gave us a hard time. We had the only chance – it wasn’t even a bad patch, it was horrible.
“We wanted to play at Villa last Saturday, they wanted to play against us but we weren’t allowed to. We don’t need to play tonight and then Sunday. Why?
“Fine margins determine these games.”
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