There is a bit of a firestorm going on at the moment because of Alan Pardew´s comments that when Crystal Palace play at Manchester City in the 4th round of the League Cup he will be able to play a better side than he took to Manchester City on October 29th last year when we won the game 2-0 with Newcastle.
The team Alan Pardew played showed 6 changes to the side that had beaten Tottenham 2-1 the previous Sunday – so we assume Alan will play his best side at Crystal Palace and that should be a better side than he started last October.
Alan Pardew – controversial comments – they are accurate
This is what Alan told the Croydon Advertiser:
“The draw came very quickly after the Charlton win, so the air went out of our balloon a little bit when we saw that.”
“I do want a cup run. Ironically, when I was at Newcastle last year, we won in that competition at City, so it’s not impossible.”
“That team I took there that night, that particular team, isn’t as good as the Palace team I have.”
“So, we did it that night and I believe we can do it with this team at Palace.”
Here´s the side that started at Tottenham on Sunday, October 26th last year and we won the game 2-1 after being 1-0 down at half time – that’s the game when Sammy Ameobi scored within seconds of the restart.:
Newcastle (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita, Jack Colback; Gabriel Obertan, Ayoze Perez , Yoan Gouffran
And here´s the side that started on the following Wednesday that showed six changes and has fringe players like Elliot, Haidara, Ryan Taylor, Abeid, Armstrong and Aarons in the starting line-up:
Newcastle (4-3-3): Rob Elliot; Daryl Janmaat, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara; Ryan Taylor, Mehdi Abeid, Jack Colback; Gabriel Obertan, Adam Armstrong, Rolando Aarons
And as we found out later, Aarons had a hamstring problem and shouldn´t have played in that game and he was out from November 1st until almost the end of last season with hamstring problems.
We were very disappointed with the side when it was announced an hour before the kick-off and this is what we said about the team before the game:
“Certainly it’s a strange side with Paul Dummett at center-back and Haidara in at left back, and Rob Elliot is in as Tim Krul takes a rest.”
“But this is by no means the best side Newcastle could have played tonight, so Liverpool on Saturday is the big priority.”
“We had thought (or maybe hoped is the better word) that Alan would essentially start his best team – but there are seven changes (correction – there were actually six – wrong again) from the side that started on Sunday.”
“And Steven Taylor is not even on the bench tonight.”
So it´s reasonable for Alan Pardew to say he will start a better side than that particular team that night on October 29th – we thought we would get hammered when that team was announced and Manchester City started a strong side.
Pardew could even start his best Crystal Palace side in that game since he is not restricted to play second string sides in the cups like he was when he was at Newcastle.
So his statement seems pretty accurate to us.
It´s a stretch to say he´s having a go at Newcastle.
It also looks like Alan selects the players he wants in the transfer market – and that could be something we adopt at Newcastle and not let Graham Carr have most of the say on which players we sign.