Alan Pardew is under a but of pressure at the moment, although you wouldn’t have guessed that with the cool, calm and professional way in which he held his press conference yesterday, when he again said he thought we played well against Sunderland but we turned off for both their goals.
Alan Pardew – I’m still angry
Pardew believes his group of players is more experienced now, than they were in April when we last lost to local rivals Sunderland, and he’s hoping the lads can prove that tonight against Manchester City.
This is what he had this to say in the local papers today:
“Players who have grown to know each other a bit more and you get to grow a better spirit in the group and that is what we have got and I think that will be reflected.”
“There is a bit of anger in me we did not win that game because I felt we were in charge and two silly mistakes have cost us and that is what I was angry about.”
“It was not the attitude of the players or their application, but it is about concentration and professionalism when you are looking at the margins. Am I over that anger? Not really.”
“I want to take it into Man City and hope my players do to but in the right manner because we need to find the right solution to win the game and we need to have that extra bit of aggression in our play.”
“That’s in terms of moving the ball, passing it fast and passing it quicker than we did on Sunday and making sure the physical challenges are stronger than Man City’s.”
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will probably replace Paul Dummett in central defense, and we would expect Paul to get another start tonight at left back, as he gains more experience in the first team.
He had a tough baptism in his first derby game on Sunday in that first 25 minutes, but his good character and application shone through after that, and he settled down and played well.
It’s going to be very tough to get a win tonight against Manchester City, but it would be great if we got through and were then drawn after the game at home against a beatable side – that’s what we need – some hope for the future after what happened on Sunday.