Alan Pardew has been talking about his current Crystal Palace team compared to a side he put out for Newcastle United 11 months ago.
More specifically the United team that went to Manchester City and beat them 2-0 in the League Cup.
Pardew’s Palace team beat his old club Charlton 4-1 last week to progress into round four but admitted that drawing Manchester City at the Etihad in the next round, had taken some of the air out of his ‘balloon’.
However, Alan Pardew says that the task isn’t impossible when he compares the players he has now with those he sent out for Newcastle in October 2014.
This is the Newcastle team that started against Manchester City in that 2-0 win:
Alan Pardew made six changes that night from the one that had beaten Spurs the previous weekend at White Hart Lane.
It was blatant that he had sent a team out to get beat and save his first choice eleven for Liverpool at home in the Premier League on the following Saturday.
However, his team of mainly younger/fringe players confounded everybody, especially Alan Pardew, by comfortably beating Man City thanks to goals from Aarons and substitute Sissoko.
Amusingly, after the victory, Alan Pardew claimed that he’d specifically picked that line-up because he thought it could win!
Not surprisingly, Pardew is saying that his current Palace players are better than those Newcastle ones he sent out that night in Manchester – interesting to see how strong a team he puts out for Palace and maybe we get further clues as to whether it was Pardew himself who decided to play weakened teams repeatedly at Newcastle, or whether it was under orders from Mike Ashley to do so.
Alan Pardew speaking to 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 Crystal Palace team I have now.
“So, we did it that night and I believe we can do it with this team at Palace.”
Of that eleven who played for Newcastle last October, interesting to see that only Coloccini, Janmaat and Colback were in Saturday’s team against Chelsea.