Alan Pardew has said it was a lot better on Saturday than it was at Fulham, because he was in similar surroundings in his office at the Benton Training grounds, to watch the match at home to Crystal Palace on TV – and of course we did win this time – which makes everything and anything look a lot better.
Alan Pardew - it was better the second time around
Assistant manager John Carver will again be in charge of the team, in what seems to be a very tough game for the lads.
And we’ll still be without Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy, who are still out inured and they will both probably miss the game at Southampton on Saturday – another tough game for us.
John and Alan will again rely on a land-line phone – which seemed to work well last Saturday.
This is what Alan said today:
“I was a bit more mentally prepared for the events. I was in my room, a comfortable, working environment for me, rather than a hotel room.”
“I felt a bit more sense of the stadium because I know the stadium and the noises it makes, so I was a little more attached to this game and the communication was spot on, because we had a land-line and there was a clarity in the conversations.”
“It is not ideal, not something I will look to do ever again, and hopefully I will never end up in this position.” “I am pleased this is the last game although it has not been as bad as I thought it would be.”
It’s a tough game tomorrow against a very good side, who seem to have improved under new manager Roberto Martinez – who seems an expert on the tactical side of the game.
John Carver please note.
We’d be happy enough with a draw tomorrow night and we see only 26% of readers think we’ll win the game.