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Following their return from Catalonia, which was initially sanctioned to unify the players and alleviate the stresses of the English top-flight, the Championship-heading outfit were then dumped out of the FA Cup after Southampton claimed a 2-1 victory at the Hawthorns Stadium on Saturday. Evans has captained West Brom this season but the club's Twitter feed listed Gareth McAuley as wearing the armband.

The ex-Tottenham Hotspur manager, who is now instated in an advisory role at Yeovil Town, manufactured an escape route for the floundering Midlanders on the final day of last season, however was relieved of his duties in September after a slow start to the campaign.

Evans, along with Gareth Barry, Boaz Myhill and Jake Livermore, were all questioned by police after the alleged theft of a taxi in the Spanish city.

And Pardew, who left Jonny Evans and Gareth Barry in the starting line-up despite their involvement in the late night incident, was asked if his team were still backing him. I felt I needed to make a little bit of a statement about the events.

'It was a problem in terms of selection to go with my strongest team given the events of last week but Jonny was actually very good given the circumstances.

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The club released a statement on Friday which said the unnamed quartet will be "subject to the full rigours of our internal disciplinary procedures", and that they will make no further comment until their investigation is completed.

It is unclear precisely what happened in the incident, but it seems five of West Brom's players drove themselves home in a taxi - without the driver present - after a dinner at a restaurant.

"We have gone there to try to get ourselves up and ready for this run-in, and this is obviously not ideal".

"It was hard to go 2-0 down in the circumstances we're under and I think anybody who was here today will see that was a proper fight and a proper effort. I'm confident that we are going to put performances (together) that give us the chance to do that".

"They thought it was amusing but I felt sorry for him".

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