Alan Pardew – ‘We Have Same Number Of Points As Manchester United’
Today’s pre-match press conference saw Alan Pardew asked a mixed bag of questions, everything from the feeble surrender at Everton to the rights and wrongs of the World Cup in Qatar. In answer to a question about injuries, the manager said everything was fine but didn’t elaborate, so whether that means there are simply no new injuries or that the likes of Jonas Gutierrez, and Steven Taylor will be available is unknown. The same with Shola, though he has told the media in Africa that he will be available for Nigeria next week. These are some of the edited highlights of Alan Pardew’s press conference as shown on NUFC TV; Manchester United “We have talked about the consistency we are going to need in our season, we can’t be having the up and down periods during games, never mind in between them. I have great respect for the players here, the group we have got is a good group I think, we are striving for what most teams are at the start of this Premier League. We currently have the same points as Man United, we are striving for consistency and performance, once you get past ten/twelve games you should settle down.” Yohan Cabaye To Start? “He (Cabaye) has definitely trained this week since the game without any problems and I don’t see any problems with him starting this game.” Fighting Spirit? “I look at my team and I think it has got quality in it and what we are looking for is that fighting spirit we showed second half (v Everton), from the moment it starts to the moment it ends. If we find that we are going to be a good side.” Comparing ourselves with Manchester United is all very well but their fans are unanimous that they have had a disastrous start! As for the fighting spirit question, our team/squad have got serious questions to answer as over the past year they have been shown to be the worst Premier League club for collapsing once they have conceded, already this season they have shown this against Manchester City, Hull and Everton. Fighting spirit is knuckling down if you concede one, if you do it after three the game is over and any goals/fightback are merely a small ‘consolation’. .
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