Alan Pardew had every right to be feeling confident after his Crystal Palace side picked apart Newcastle United at Selhurst Park, but now, he’s looking for his players to kick on and prove that they deserve to stay in the top six.
Speaking to Jonathan Pearce after the game, the Palace boss singled out the likes of Yannick Bolasie, Connor Wickham, Wilfried Zaha and James McArthur for praise, but in truth, our overall team display will have been the biggest positive to come out of the day for the former Magpies manager.
Coming just five days after he was left frustrated by our lack of cutting edge in the final third at home to Sunderland, Pardew watched on as his attacking players exploited the numerous holes in the visitor’s back line for the entirety of the clash, coming away with five goals when in all honesty, we could have had two or three more without breaking a sweat.
In what felt like a potentially season defining encounter, Pardew will have been given every hope of seeing his players kick on between now and May, as they search to establish themselves with the likes of Everton, Southampton and Spurs as a regular presence in the Premier League’s top half.
Where before there may have been a tendency within the football club to settle for second best, we are now pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved each week, with Alan Pardew leading from the front.
His comments in the video attached above portray a man with a burning desire to upset the apple cart and prove a large number of his personal doubters wrong along the way; after nearly a year in the job, things arguably couldn’t be going much better.