Crystal Palace boosted their bid for Premier League survival with a crucial 2-0 win at Huddersfield, but West Bromwich Albion look destined for relegation after an agonising 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth on Saturday (Mar 18).
Having dropped back into the bottom three during a seven-match winless run, Palace climbed out of it with an impressive 2-0 victory at Huddersfield Town who are also too close to the drop zone for comfort.
Palace took the lead in the 23rd minute at the John Smith's Stadium when James Tomkins struck from close range after his first effort was blocked by Jonas Lossl.
"It is vitally important. I don't think I have ever had a feeling we are on a slide". It's hard. This was particularly harsh, we didn't make many errors in the whole game but unfortunately we've lost.
While Palace remains hopeful of retaining their lucrative top-flight berth, bottom-of-the-table West Brom appears certain to slide into the Championship.
"I was pleased with every individual, really", Pardew told a news conference after West Brom suffered a seventh consecutive Premier League defeat.
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Bournemouth equalized 13 minutes from time, with a little help.
"It is so hurtful for our fans and our players", Pardew said. "It is really hard on our players".
Cenk Tosun netted a brace to guide Stoke City to a 2-1 win over Everton.
A draw was not much use for Pardew's side considering how far adrift they are at the bottom of the table, but rather than pushing for a victor they found themselves on the end of a late hammer blow as Bournemouth completed the turnaround in the 89th minute.
The highlight of the first half that saw both teams unable to break the deadlock was the sending off of Charlie Adams on 30 minutes for a risky foul on Wayne Rooney.
The Baggies have won just one Premier League game since Pardew succeeded Tony Pulis in October.
But Tosun had the final word with an agile diving header in the 84th minute.