Alan has 'final third' focus

ALAN Pardew has revealed that keeping three strikers in his starting line-up has been a focus for his first full week of training.

Albion's recently-appointed Head Coach is delighted with the input from his new squad of players as they continue to change to the demands of the Pardew regime.

And having opened his Albion career with a statement of intent by including Salomon Rondon, Jay Rodriguez and Hal Robson-Kanu, Pardew and the players have been working on refining the system this week.

"We've talked about the kind of work that went on the pitch that didn't quite work for us last week and which we felt we could do better," he said.

"We talked about trying to create more possibilities for scoring goals without putting ourselves at risk.

"When you put three strikers out there, their diligence has to be of a certain level - which it was. I couldn't fault that against Palace.

"Their defensive diligence was spot on. But it's about the other side of the game and getting a little bit more in the final third."

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