Evans back as Baggies captain just a week after losing armband

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Shamed Jonny Evans, Jake Livermore, Gareth Barry and Boaz Myhill have been read the riot act and copped a combined club fine believed to be close to £500,000 for their part in Taxi-gate.

Remarkably, the Baggies have failed to punish the quartet, who embarrassed the football club with their antics, and all of them bar Livermore were in the squad to face Southampton in the FA Cup last weekend - a game which they went on to lose.

That fifth-round loss means Albion have won just three matches in all competitions since August as Pardew's side prepare for a vital home clash against relegation rivals Huddersfield on Saturday.

Fans of the Premier League must truly wonder if there will an end to this revolving cycle because it is truly getting tiresome but I for one wouldn't bet on it with Premier League survival such a precious thing with the money at stake.

At first, Big Sam was able to get consecutive wins to appease the fans but in recent weeks, relegation fears are in the minds of Evertonians with a 5-0 thrashing at Arsenal putting the spotlight on Big Sam once again. We haven't really got a defence for all that until we win, " said the West Brom boss.

"We know we have a chance to stay up and the most important thing will be how we deal with defeats, because we'll have some defeats in the next 11 games", Wagner said.

"No-one wants to play and work like this".

"We need to repay that faith".

Asked whether that was the right message to be sending out, Pardew proclaimed punishment had been served and that it was time to begin to give Evans some absolution. I don't think so. On this occasion I wouldn't say Jonny has been forgiven, but he's paid a price and he's still paying a price with you guys (in the media), so he'll learn that was an event that he deeply regrets as he gets on with his life. The former Crystal Palace man has had a hard time since arriving at the club earlier this season, and with his side in very hot water whilst rooted to the bottom of the table, you can see why these reports could be accurate. "We move on hopefully, as best we can", he told reporters.

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