In some cases flawed decisions at boardroom level will be the root cause, for others it will be poor management, while disappointing recruitment in the transfer market and underachievement on the pitch will have played a part to varying degrees, too.
Brighton's Glenn Murray and arguably the most impressive playmaker of the league's lesser 14 teams Pascal Gross were kept quiet through out the first half as Ahmed Hegazi and his teammates were giving masterclasses at the back.
"I call upon all of you at the stadium to generate the same kind of positivity that there was around the Arsenal game".
Pardew is yet to taste victory in eight Premier League games since taking the reins in late November, after Pulis was sacked.
"It's small steps and today is a small step to get that winning feeling back in the changing room".
West Brom go into the contest second from bottom in the Premier League, but in what is turning into a bit of a dogfight down the lower reaches of the table, a win would have them closer to a sizeable pack of teams just above them.
It took West Brom only a few minutes to open the scoreline against the visitors, as Jay Rodriguez connected with a corner sending the ball to Jonny Evans who headed the first goal of the day for the Baggies.
"The reason why the 40 point mark is one we can all associate with is because of law of averages and that's not a bad one to have in your mind to think about to aim for". They are up against a team which is beatable and with home games running out, it is high time that West Brom starts getting some points.
Whether that will prompt any Premier League managers to adopt a more attacking approach for the rest of the season remains to be seen. That will be massive to build on.