West Brom manager Sam Allardyce described one particular moment in his side’s defeat to Leicester as “horrendous”, and questioned the scheduling of the club’s late-season fixtures.
West Brom suffered a major blow to their survival hopes after a shambolic display hamstrung their chances of success throughout. Leicester had their own motivations, taking a step closer to Champions League football with a dominant 3-0 victory.
A three-goal blitz in a thirteen minute spell mid-way through the first half gave the Baggies a mountain to climb. In truth, it was one they never came close to scaling.
The defeat leaves West Brom nine points adrift of safety with just six matches remaining.
Speaking to BT Sport after the match, Allardyce said: “Leicester were far too good for us, in the first half particularly.
“We tried to look after their front two and one of the main reasons for our recent results has been our defensive solidarity. Today Leicester tore it apart. We couldn’t cope with them.
“It was a respectable second half but we didn’t get much at the other end. We had a good chance to open the scoring but Mbaye Diagne missed his kick and those are the sort of chances we can’t afford to miss.
“In the end we thoroughly deserved to get beat. Was it great pressure from Leicester that forced us into so many errors? They are on a high, you can see why they are in the top four, they are as good as anyone in the league apart from Manchester City.
“You have to get the basics right and those basics deserted us tonight. We need to win five out of six to have a sniff. We’ll give it our best shot.”
Allardyce quizzes fixture scheduling
Allardyce would go on to question the club’s late-season fixture scheduling after heaping more praise on Bredan Rodgers’ Leicester.
“You can see why Leicester are where they are in the league, and why they are in the cup final,” added Allardyce. “We couldn’t cope with them.
“We tried to get forwards when we had the ball but we were a long long way off where we have been. Leicester are a lot better than Southampton and far better than Chelsea – they are as good as the top boys. They are only behind Man City on that performance.
“The front two in the first half gave us a hard time. We did have the one chance – it wasn’t even a bad miss, it was horrendous.
“We wanted to play Villa last Saturday, they wanted to play us but we weren’t allowed to. There is no need for us to play tonight and then Sunday. Why?
“Fine margins determine these games.”