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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 September 2018

Southampton knock West Brom out of FA Cup to heap more pressure on Alan Pardew

Goals from Hoedt and Tadic enough to complete a difficult week for the Premier League's bottom club and their manager. 

Southampton beat West Bromwich Albion in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday. Carl Recine / Reuters
Southampton beat West Bromwich Albion in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday. Carl Recine / Reuters

A week to forget for West Bromwich Albion was rounded off with an FA Cup exit as fellow Premier League strugglers Southampton won 2-1 at the Hawthorns on Saturday to reach the quarter-finals.

West Brom manager Alan Pardew named Jonny Evans and Gareth Barry in his starting line-up despite the experienced duo forming half of a group of four players questioned by Spanish police this week over the theft of a taxi on the club's warm weather training trip to Barcelona.

The break was supposed to refresh Pardew's squad ahead of the run-in to the league season with West Brom rooted to the foot of the table, seven points adrift of safety.

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Jake Livermore and Boaz Myhill also admitted they had broken a team curfew when they took a taxi from Barcelona city centre on Thursday morning.

Earlier this week, the club sacked chairman John Williams and chief executive Martin Goodman due to poor results on the field this season.

The only positive for Pardew's men is that they can now concentrate on survival as the Saints won for the second time in as many weeks at the Hawthorns.

Wesley Hoedt took advantage of some slack West Brom marking to head home his first goal for Southampton just 11 minutes in.

Dusan Tadic doubled the visitors' advantage on the counter-attack after the break and Southampton held out despite Salomon Rondon's spectacular volleyed consolation.

Southampton join Chelsea and Leicester City in the hat for the quarter-final draw later on Saturday after they saw off Hull City and Sheffield United respectively on Friday.

The FA Cup fifth round tie between Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City ended goalless. Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images
The FA Cup fifth round tie between Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City ended goalless. Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images

Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City face an unwanted replay after an insipid 0-0 draw on Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal's return to Hillsborough.

"It's a score nobody wants," said Carvalhal, whose side are also battling for Premier League survival. "Maybe in the future, if the managers and referee agree after the first game we can go to penalties, we can finish the game today.

"I believe if you had asked us and the Sheffield Wednesday manager, we'd have gone to penalties."

Manchester United travel to Huddersfield later on Saturday, but will have to do without Paul Pogba after the Frenchman was ruled out by illness.

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