Allardyce rues McCarthy setback

Everton are set to be without midfielder James McCarthy for the rest of the season after he suffered a serious leg injury in the 1-1 draw with West Brom.

The Republic of Ireland international had to be stretchered off after an hour of the game at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon, having sustained the injury in a challenge with Albion striker Salomon Rondon.

It's a loss to us from now until the end of the season.

Sam Allardyce

And Toffees boss Sam Allardyce is expecting McCarthy to be absent for the remainder of the campaign, as he told reporters: "I think it's a compound fracture which is a nasty injury, so we'll need to get James back to fitness.

"It's a loss to us from now until the end of the season, it happens in the game of football, but not often that severe.

"It was our own fault and our own stupid play in that area. James recovered brilliantly to stop a goal, but suffered because of it."

Meanwhile, Allardyce was less than impressed with the overall performance of his side, who earned a point thanks to a goal from substitute Oumar Niasse, with the striker finding the net less than a minute after replacing Cenk Tosun.

He added in an interview with BBC Sport: "It was difficult to watch that. I see a lack of confidence due to recent results.

"It's my job to keep pushing the players, but there were a lot of nerves out there which caused lots of misplaced passes.

"Some of our decisions were not the right ones and it's our job to sort out those decisions in the minds of the players."

Everton are not back in action until Wednesday January 31st, when they welcome Leicester City to Merseyside.

The Toffees are 9/5 to win that game, with the draw priced at 11/5, while Everton are 8/1 to claim a 1-0 victory over the Foxes.

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Pardew reports no Evans bids

West Brom boss Alan Pardew says that there have been no bids so far for Jonny Evans during the January transfer window.

With about two weeks of the transfer window remaining, there have been reports of Arsenal and Manchester City both being interested in the Northern Irish international.

Albion travel to Everton on Saturday as they seek a win that could move them out of the bottom three and Pardew hopes that Evans will still be part of the squad.

He told a press conference ahead of the trip to Goodison Park: "From my point of view there is no bid so there's nothing to discuss.

“On the other hand, we have scenarios that are going to time out if we don't get a bid for Jonny that's acceptable for him and us.

"We haven't had a phone call from another football club and that's where it stands.

"In terms of our plans to use that money if it was to come in the door, that time is ticking away and that concerns me a little bit more."

West Brom are 14/5 to win away on Saturday with Everton 6/5 and the draw priced at 19/10.

Evans was influential in West Brom's win over Brighton last weekend, scoring the first goal as they recorded their first win under Pardew.

Pardew also praised Evans saying that the speculation had not affected him but emphasised again that he wanted Evans to remain at the Hawthorns and that he wouldn't consider late bids for the defender as that would limit his chances of bringing a replacement into the club.

West Brom are 7/10 to stay up this season.

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Upbeat Pardew hopes to add

Manager Alan Pardew is eager to add to his West Brom squad this month, having finally seen the Baggies end their lengthy Premier League winless run.

A 2-0 Hawthorns victory over Brighton lifted the gloom which had been surrounding Albion for several months, with their previous league win having come way back in mid-August at Burnley.

And Pardew hopes to be able to do some deals before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month, while confirming that he can only buy if players are allowed to leave his club.

He told Sky Sports: "I'd like to bring in a few fresh faces. I've got no money to spend so, it means I've got to move somebody on.

"We'll have to wait and see what happens, because we'll have to move somebody out if there's a bid."

Meanwhile, Pardew was full of praise for his players, after two set-piece strikes proved enough to down the Seagulls and move Albion to within two points of safety.

He added on the club's official website: "That's how we've got to play and that's the confidence I expect. We passed it well at times, we created chance after chance and we could have had three or four.

"Obviously a new manager comes in and the set-plays start falling away, so I changed them and we worked hard on them and we got our reward.

"We've got good, aggressive players at set-plays and that's going to be massively important going forward. The promise we've shown was delivered and that was great."

Albion are now priced at 6/5 to be relegated this season, while they are 4/6 to beat the drop and are available at 80/1 to win the FA Cup.

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Allardyce fires Toffees warning

Everton boss Sam Allardyce has warned his players they will have to go 'back to basics' after suffering a defensive nightmare in a 4-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

Allardyce was incensed by what he perceived to be an unprofessional and disorganised performance at Wembley, with the Toffees having trailed by just a single goal at half-time.

The visitors also failed to muster a single shot on target in the game, leaving Allardyce with plenty to ponder as his side have now not won any of their last six games in all competitions.

He told reporters: "Too many of our players decided not to defend anymore when Tottenham had the ball. I'm hugely disappointed in the professionalism of my players, it's out of order.

"It shocked me. I haven't seen it since I got here. Tottenham can beat anybody by a lot of goals, but they should have had to work a lot harder than they did.

"We keep foregoing the clean sheet to try and get a result and not getting a result. We need to go back to basics.

"It was surprising to see the collapse. That is what it was, a collapse of organisation and professionalism. The defending basics have gone out of the window and it is a question of being a bit more boring."

Allardyce has a full week to work with his squad to try and turn things around, with their next assignment a visit from west Brom next Saturday.

Everton are 6/5 to take all three points against the Baggies, with the draw priced at 2/1, while the Merseysiders are 4/11 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table come the end of the season.

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Moyes hails vital points

West Ham boss David Moyes has hailed his side for the vital three points they earned in their 2-1 win over West Brom to take the Hammers out of the bottom three.

In the first time West Ham have come from behind to win at the London Stadium, the Hammers managed to respond from going behind through a James McClean goal to secure victory thanks to a brace from Andy Carroll.

It was a real hammer blow on Tuesday night for the Baggies to concede a 94th minute winner, having only played two days previous against Arsenal.

Moyes was delighted with the result and now faces a quick turnaround of his own as West Ham prepare to face Tottenham at Wembley on Thursday.

He said: "It was so important as it could have gone either way. The first half was not good, but the second half was much more like it. We got the reward for keeping at it.

"Our hopes are not to be in the relegation positions, but we are in there. I am told it is the first time the club has come from behind since we moved to the stadium."

West Ham are 11/1 to win, 5/1 to draw and 2/7 to lose to Spurs at Wembley.

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Arnautovic challenged to continue

West Ham manager David Moyes has challenged Austria international forward Marko Arnautovic to maintain his excellent form of recent weeks.

Arnautovic has scored five goals in his last five Premier League games to help the Irons pick up eight points from a possible 15 in that period.

And Moyes has praised the work-rate and effort of Arnautovic since the change of management at the London Stadium, while being well aware of the class that the former Stoke City man possesses.

He told reporters ahead of a crucial six-pointer at home to West Brom on Tuesday evening: "He was a big signing for the club and everybody expected big things from him as well.

"He wasn't a new recruit to the Premier League either, so you would have been hopeful that he could have hit the ground running.

"He's done really well for us, he has helped the team greatly. His energy and effort has rubbed off on the supporters as well, so he's doing a good job for us.

"But it needs to be continued, because we need him at the moment, he is the one who is really helping us, so I hope his form continues."

The two sides played out a goalless draw at The Hawthorns in mid-September, while the clash of the two teams at the London Stadium last season finished in a 2-2 draw, with Gareth McAuley netting a last-gasp equaliser for the Baggies.

West Ham are available at 19/20 to take all three points on Tuesday and are 9/1 to secure a 2-1 victory, with Arnautovic 15/8 to score at any time against the Baggies.

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Pardew sees reasons for optimism

Alan Pardew is upbeat about his West Brom team's chances of ending their long winless sequence when they take on West Ham.

The Baggies are entrenched in the relegation zone after a 19-match winless sequence but Pardew thought there were plenty of positives to be taken from Sunday's 1-1 draw with Arsenal at The Hawthorns.

Jay Rodriguez's 89th-minute penalty rescued a draw for Albion after Arsenal had taken the lead when Alexis Sanchez's late free-kick deflected in off James McClean.

Pardew said: "We deserved the draw. The penalty decision is perhaps tough on Arsenal and if it is the other way round we would be moaning.

"We gave everything out on the pitch and went toe-to-toe with Arsenal and tried to take them on.

"We have given our fans hope coming back from 1-0 down with six minutes to go. Let's hope that is a sign of what's to come. I've seen some good signs."

The result leaves West Brom at 10/11 to be relegated this season while they are 7/2 to beat West Ham on Tuesday and 11/4 to keep a clean sheet against David Moyes' team.

West Brom have not won in the top-flight since clinching back-to-back 1-0 victories against Bournemouth and Burnley in August.

Late penalty denies Arsenal

Arsene Wenger's record-breaking day did not go to plan, a late West Brom penalty denying Arsenal all three points at the Hawthorns.

The Gunners boss took charge of his 811th game for the club, breaking Sir Alex Ferguson's Premier League record, but he was denied a happy ending.

His side took the lead late on, a deflected Alexis Sanchez free-kick beating Ben Foster in the West Brom.

However, six minutes later, with time fast running out the referee adjudged that Calum Chambers handled the ball in the area and James Rodriguez fired the resulting penalty home.

It was a controversial call and Wenger was unhappy with the decision as well as the Christmas schedule.

He told the BBC: "He (the referee) didn't see it. There was a player in front of him. That's why I questioned his decision, he didn't see it.

"I felt we have a very tight schedule to prepare for this game. The Premier League has to look at the schedule. You have to look to see if you have the same amount of recovery days as the opposition. Come back to me when that happens."

The point moves Arsenal above their London rivals Tottenham into fifth while they are three points off the top four.

At the other end of the table Alan Pardew is still looking for his first win in charge of Albion since taking over from Tony Pulis.

However, they have what could prove to be a very valuable point and it enables them to climb off the bottom of the Premier League table, albeit on goal difference and they are now three points off safety.

Both teams have a Premier League game in midweek, the Baggies travelling to West Ham on Tuesday with Arsenal in action a day later, at home to Chelsea.

Arsenal are 8/5 to win with Antonio Conte's side 8/5 and the draw is priced at 12/5.

The Gunners are 2/1 to finish the season in the top four.

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Chadli setback saddens Pardew

West Brom midfielder Nacer Chadli has suffered a recurrence of a thigh injury and looks set to be sidelined until March.

The former Tottenham player tore his thigh muscle in training after returning from international duty with Belgium in November.

He returned to action earlier this month in the defeat at Stoke City, but had to be replaced after just 15 minutes after sustaining a repeat of the injury.

It is the latest blow for Alan Pardew, whose Baggies side have failed to win any of their last 18 Premier League fixtures.

They are 17/4 to end that run by beating Arsenal on Sunday while the draw is available at 3/1.

Pardew said: "Nacer looks like his injury is as bad as it was originally so we think he's going to miss the first two months of this year which is a big blow to us. I said coming out of the Stoke game that it was probably a bigger blow than the result.

"That's something we're going to have to deal with and it's something that I'm going to have to look at in January because it's a quality player going out of the group for some considerable time."

However, there is some good news for Pardew as Salomon Rondon, who sustained a hamstring injury against Everton on Boxing Day, is unlikely to be sidelined for long while James Morrison is close to a return to action as he battles back from an Achilles problem.

Wenger cools Sanchez exit talk

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has played down the prospect of Chile international Alexis Sanchez leaving the club in January.

Sanchez has endured a disappointing campaign so far but scored a superb brace on Thursday as the Gunners improved their chances of clinching a top-four finish by winning 3-2 at Crystal Palace.

Shkodran Mustafi had given Wenger's team the lead before Andros Townsend equalised for the Eagles. However, Sanchez then scored twice in four minutes to put Arsenal in control of the match and they held on for the three points despite James Tomkins' late effort.

Sanchez's contract expires at the end of the season and the 29-year-old has been linked with a move to Manchester City, who almost signed him in the summer.

However, Wenger said: "I am not fearful but that will be a subject that arises because of his contractual situation. I can only repeat what I have said until now."

Meanwhile, Palace boss Roy Hodgson said after the match: "At 1-1 I thought we were playing well and we were on the front foot, but the second goal was so difficult – to go down 2-1 was a difficult task.

"You have to give the players credit. At 3-1 a lot of teams would have capitulated, but we certainly didn't do that.

"Our second goal was scant reward for the chances we had in the second half – but we were beaten by the better team on the day."

Arsenal are 7/10 to beat West Brom on Sunday and 7/4 to finish in the top four this term. Meanwhile, Sanchez is 11/10 to score at any time against the Baggies.