Alan Pardew left his players in no doubt over his expectations for them this season after tasting defeat at White Hart Lane yesterday.
Having already referenced Wilfried Zaha’s below par display when speaking to the press, Pardew went on to admit that he pressed his players to show a greater level of ambition and professionalism in a bid to retain our place within the leading pack.
After presiding over a period of great success since arriving in January, it’s only natural for Pardew to look for more of the same from his players whenever they are chosen to pull on the shirt. Given the general sense of frustration from our fans both at the game and watching on TV, the boss was quite right to reference the off-beat nature of our play when speaking to the press.
Refreshingly desperate not to settle for second best, the Eagles boss has a burning desire to improve upon what has been an extremely pleasing start to the current Premier League campaign, laying the groundwork for an improvement against Watford on Sunday with his words here.
Whilst it would be easy for our fans to question our credentials, the quality of the opposition we have faced so far must be taken into consideration, which in itself, puts a positive shine on a tally of nine points after just six games.
Should we lose against both Watford and West Brom in our next two league fixtures, alarm bells will rightly start to ring, but until then, we would do well to chalk yesterday’s defeat down to a minor blip rather than the existence of an underlying issue.
That being said, it’s refreshing to hear a manager speaking so openly about the disappointing performance his players have put in following a game which, on paper, could be made to look far closer than it ever truly was.