Alan Pardew was full of praise for his Crystal Palace players when speaking to the press in the moments after our 2-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion yesterday afternoon.
After back-to-back 1-0 defeats at the hands of Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, the manager is rightfully pleased with the manner in which his players have responded, with yesterday’s performance in particular, highlighting the progress we have made since he arrived at the football club in December.
Fielding questions about the club’s transfer policy, no doubt as a direct consequence of the fact that Tony Pulis happened to be in the opposition dugout, Pardew gives a very quick and positive answer, reaffirming the strength of his relationship with Palace owner Steve Parish.
Speaking at length about the discussions that took place between himself and Yohan Cabaye prior to the Frenchman’s move to SE25, Pardew explains perfectly why the former Newcastle man chose to swap Paris for South Norwood, despite the scepticism that surrounded our bid for him in the nation’s press when it was first discussed.
Pressed on Palace’s chances of sustaining our recent fine form in a bid to challenge the Premier League top six, there is a note of caution in Pardew’s words, which in the circumstances is what you would expect at the stage of the campaign.
Speaking directly about the performance of Wilfried Zaha, the manager admits to having some doubts over whether or not he had made the right decision to start him in place of Bakary Sako prior to kick-off, before delivering a glowing assessment of his display on the day, after what has been a week or two of soul-searching for the academy graduate after a below par outing at White Hart Lane.
As always, Alan is fantastic to watch when speaking to the press, discussing all of yesterday’s talking points with clarity and poise. Clearly floating on air after what has been a stunning start to the season, there is a trademark glint in his eye throughout the press conference. It’s well worth a few minutes of your time.