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Pardew reflects on 'special' night

27 January 2018

ALAN Pardew reflected on a "special" night for Albion and one filled with incident as they recorded a memorable 3-2 FA Cup fourth-round triumph at Liverpool.

Three goals in the first 11 minutes set the tone for a dramatic and extraordinary Saturday night on Merseyside, Jay Rodriguez scoring twice to cancel out Roberto Firmino's opener - taking his tally to five goals in six matches.

VAR was then used on three occasions in the first half - firstly to rule out Craig Dawson's header for offside before the Reds were awarded a penalty after Jake Livermore was adjudged to have pulled back Mohamed Salah, only for Firmino to smash the resulting spot-kick against the crossbar.

The Video Assistant Referee was then again called upon to confirm Albion's third goal on the stroke of half-time was not offside, Joel Matip putting into his own net from close range.

Salah's 78th-minute strike added further drama to a thrilling five-goal cup tie but it was the Baggies who secured their place in the fifth round of the competition.

Yet there was frustration for Albion, who were left to count the cost of as many as four hamstring injuries sustained at Anfield.

Head Coach Pardew said: "It was a strange game in terms of the VAR system. It was frustrating for us, two calls which went against us, but nevertheless we played some brilliant football.

"I think Dawson's goal in any other scenario would have counted and made the game maybe even more different than it was.

"In the end we've lost three or four players to hamstring injuries which may have been, certainly the first two, down to VAR with how long we were waiting.

"But let's not take away from what it was for West Brom, a great night for us.
"For our fans who were watching in pubs and clubs up and down the country. Brilliant.

"And the fans who were here, it was a special night because we played so well."
Pardew added: "I don't think Liverpool will have any complaints, I think we deserved to win.

"I'm very proud of the players and they should be proud of themselves."

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