Blackburn boo-boys turn their attention to Pedersen as Rovers remain in danger
22:52 GMT, 8 April 2012
Morten Gamst Pedersen was a target for the frustration of Blackburn's supporters at the Hawthorns as Steve Kean missed a chance to escape the bottom three.
The Norwegian international was cheered from the field by a large portion of the visiting supporters at the Hawthorns as poor set-piece defending cost Rovers as they slumped to a three-goal defeat to Roy Hodgson's Baggies.
Pedersen, who has been responsible for Rovers' most goal assists this season, was the chosen victim on an afternoon when little went right.
Target: Blackburn's Morten Gamst Pedersen was cheer off when he was substituted
Striker Anthony Modeste was dismissed for violent conduct in the late stages after needlessly kicking out at West Brom right-back Billy Jones.
Pedersen's treatment was highlighted by the fact that a further object of derision by the Rovers' fans – midfielder Keith Andrews – was playing in midfield for the hosts.
Kean told the Republic of Ireland international that the negative reaction from supporters was a reason why he couldn't be picked – and his stay at Ewood Park came to an eventual end in the transfer window.
Blackburn boy David Dunn spelled out what went wrong, saying: 'They won five corners in the first seven minutes, so they started quickly and we were up against it.
'I thought we started really well in the second half but the second goal killed us off a little bit.'
Dunn said he had sufficient belief that Blackburn could haul themselves clear, despite the result being a missed opportunity.
Bad day: Pedersen is treated for an injury on the pitch
'We are big boys. It's not just us in this position. There's five teams down there all desperate to get out.
'Togetherness and team spirit are the key in football. But especially now with six games left which are massive.
'It's been a real testing season. It's been difficult. Hard times. A couple of weeks ago, we thought we might have pulled away a bit but now we are right back in it.
'Like I say, we are going to have to be difficult to beat. If we do, I'm sure we are going to be okay. Today, it was a little bit of a slow start but we need to be better than that really. We need to pick some points up.'
Left-back Liam Ridgwell scored his first goal for West Brom with a glancing header from a free-kick to put the seal on a victory that was far from as comfortable as the scoreline suggested.
Ridgewell was part of a Birmingham City team that was relegated in heartbreaking fashion last season but said there was no magic formula for teams to survive – other than hard work.
'The key is to not lose your head and staying together as a team and just trying to graft out as many results as you can,' he said.
'You look at all the teams and everywhere is a difficult place to go and you think where are the results going to come from.
'But the main thing is to keep the team together and fight as much as you can. If you keep doing that, and still go down, you've got to give a nod to the other teams.'
It was suggested to Ridgewell that this Wednesday's trip to the Etihad to play Manchester City would, for West Brom, equate to 'pressure-free' football.
'I don't think so,” he added, “the only pressure-free football I play is when I'm kicking the ball about the back garden with my children…'