Alan Pardew was in a buoyant mood following his team’s impressive win over Southampton at Selhurst Park yesterday, telling Match Of The Day’s Gary Lineker that he and his players can make a charge towards Europe if things go to plan.
Quick to praise the likes of Puncheon, Zaha and Cabaye for their individual displays on the day, the Palace boss believes that the spirit within our dressing room sets us apart from our direct competitors in the top eight to some extent, having flown under radar somewhat so far this season.
Sounding anything but cocky over he and his players’ chances of continuing their fine run of form between now and May, Pardew is instead still working to install a sense of belief and inner-confidence throughout the club, as he bids to change our overall mindset from one of a plucky underdog, to that of a front running entertainer.
Indeed, the end of his interview with Lineker sees him reference the trip he made to join the Holmesdale Fanatics in the pub after the game; where he thanked them for their ever-present vocal backing over a beer or two. Far from simply paying lip service to the role, there is a sense that a huge amount can be achieved through unity with Alan Pardew at the helm; even though no one is quite sure how far we can push ourselves before hitting the glass ceiling.
It’s always good to hear Pardew talk about the club, but it’s even better to listen to him after a win as good as yesterday’s. We hope he got well and truly hammered with the Fanatics afterwards in celebration.