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West Brom boss Allardyce: I'm learning more about these players; fringe XI for FA Cup

West Brom boss Sam Allardyce admits he'll play a shadow XI for their FA Cup tie with Blackpool.

After their 4-0 defeat to Arsenal, Allardyce says he's learning more about his players.

He stated, "Another game gone by where we learn more about the players we have. We have learnt an awful lot about what we can and cannot do. Some of the players who have not performed yet will get to play against Blackpool in the FA Cup. We need to work out a way of not trying to be as sloppy as we have been at conceding goals. It appears when we try to open up we leave opportunities for the opposition and we cannot cope.

"We got ourselves back in the game in the second half, scored a disallowed goal but put pressure on them then gave away one of the most bizarre goals for the third which killed out momentum. It was too much to try and climb 3-0 here.

"Three games in a short period of time has been the problem, the recovery time has been so difficult for the players and to get some real coaching in is almost impossible. That has taken its toll on the players. Most of the teams we will play against will be better than we are, we have to stick together, more determined and defend better. It is as simple as that. If we have to wait like we did against Liverpool, then it will have to be the way."


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