After going through the ordeal of watching his side literally give away three goals on Saturday and all three points to Hull City, Alan Pardew can be forgiven for getting a little bit carried away with the excellent win last night, when two of our local lads – Sammy Ameobi and Paul Dummett – were star performers for the side.
Alan Pardew – pictured last night
This is what the manager had to say in the local papers today:
“It was a super performance. I’m still hurting from Saturday, if I’m honest. I can see from the training ground the squad is in a good place and that compounds the result on Saturday.”
“I’m not getting carried away, we’re in the last 16 as we should be. It’s a reminder that we’ve got to get consistency and if the group below the first team is as good as that, it bodes well.”
“The real highlights were Sammy Ameobi and Paul Dummett. We’re really pushing those two to see if they can crack a regular first-team spot. They did terrific.” “I think Sammy was playing in his best position on the left.” ”He gives us some natural width.”
“There were moments where he has to improve his final decision, but there’s no doubting his natural talent, which was on show.”
It will be interesting too see if either of the local lads starts the Monday night game at Everton, but there’s no doubt Paul Dummett is now pushing Davide Santon hard for that left back starting position, and he plays so well with Sammy down that left hand side.
We do think there may be a surprise next Monday night, because we think Mike Williamson could be preferred alongside Fab Coloccini in central defense.
That’s because of his extra Premier League experience and he also gives some height at the back, and Yanga-Mbiwa could possibly miss out at Goodison Park – just a thought.
And we even got the team right last night – apart from having Elliot in goal instead of Krul, so you never know – sometimes we get lucky.
What do you think?
Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and +1 us on Google+:
You can also reach Ed at firstname.lastname@example.org