We have a good respect for each other, looked each other in the eye and told each other the truth.
Anthony Knockaert blazed Brighton's most presentable chance over, after Ben Foster had come charging off his line, while goalscorers Dawson and Evans had to be withdrawn with apparent injuries, but Pardew was able to celebrate a fine win that could provide the Baggies' season with the launchpad it badly needs.
Although there are individual cases where clubs are clearly making progress and punching above their weight - Sean Dyche's Burnley spring to mind - it is hard to escape the feeling when watching Premier League football these days that, collectively, the standard has fallen among those clubs in the bottom half of the table.
"It's small steps and today is a small step to get that winning feeling back in the changing room".
Faster to every ball, crisper with their passes and more decisive in everything they did Albion started well and never took their foot of the gas - the Seagulls simply didn't know what had hit them.
The problem has been a lack of goals for West Brom.
"The big thing is winning games at home".
Jonny Evans of West Bromwich Albion celebrates after scoring his sides first goal with Ahmed El-Sayed Hegazi of West Bromwich Albion during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Brighton and Hove Albion at The Hawthorns on January 13, 2018 in West Bromwich, England. "The fact that they're at home against a team that they would see as not one of the top teams, it's a team that they are capable of beating and we have to be very guarded with that".
At the time of writing, the score remains 1-0 to West Brom against Chris Hughton's men.
With Murray failing to cause any damage upfront, he was still left an important spot before the first half whistle as he stopped Matt Phillips' shot with his hand, sending WBA coach Alan Pardew mad on all the officials for not awarding his side a penalty.