Brede Hangeland has aimed a dig at former boss Tony Pulis’ style of play in the build-up to our meeting with West Brom this weekend.
Speaking after the Eagles secured a huge victory over Watford on Sunday afternoon, the Norwegian centre-back assured the press that he and his teammates would fancy their chances of gaining a second straight win when the Baggies bounce into SE25 in a few days time.
For Brede, the last few weeks have seen his stock within the game rise dramatically, after arguably winning the Man of the Match award in three straight first-team outings against Tottenham, Charlton and Watford respectively.
Deputising for Scott Dann and Damien Delaney at different points, the former Fulham man has looked calm, collected and switched on at every moment in recent games, proving beyond any doubt that he is still more than good enough to cut it in the high intensity environment of the Premier League, regardless of his advancing years.
Whilst our time under Pulis was an undisputed success, there’s certainly a hint of mischief to the quotes he’s given above. Although the Welshman’s methods are extremely effective, there really isn’t a great deal of variety to his tactical approach, which is something we have cultivated under the guidance of Alan Pardew.
Sitting pretty inside the top six, there is a huge amount of confidence coursing through the squad of late, making this weekend’s game one we will look forward to rather than dread. Having tasted defeat when we last took on Pulis and co. at Selhurst Park, there will be a burning desire to right a few wrongs by the time kick-off arrives.
You would imagine that their last-gasp defeat at home to Everton on Monday night will have provided a blow to their morale too. Let’s keep everything crossed for another three points.