Alan Pardew’s full pre-match press conference ahead of this afternoon’s game against Manchester City is now available to watch via the club’s official website.
The Palace manager’s full 11 minute press conference can be seen here. Summarising injuries, transfer plans, Adebayor, Wayne Hennessey’s state of mind and a plan to beat City, it’s a very interesting watch.
Touching first on the injured players within the squad, Pardew has some positive news regarding one or two who are all but ready to return to first-team action, before revealing the extent of the injuries others are still struggling with.
Musing openly about the recent woes the team have endured in front of goal, the boss gives his perspective on the reasons behind our slump, sounding convincingly positive about the prospects for an improvement on that front in the coming weeks.
Pressed for some context on the recent rumours linking us with a move for a new striker, Pardew is honest in admitting that it is a position that the club are currently working to strengthen, before giving an interesting insight into his views on the stories suggesting that we’re set to offer a contract to former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor.
Clearly a fan of the Togo international, Pardew is more than happy to speak about his strengths, giving a hint towards our strategy throughout the remainder of the window in the process, given the pressing need to ensure reinforcements are signed in a prompt fashion.
Asked for some thoughts on the rumours that have linked Dwight Gayle with a move away from SE25, Pardew is characteristically open about the potential for the striker to leave, before making a statement that is almost certain to please the vast majority of Palace fans.
Following Tuesday night’s howler from Wayne Hennessey, Pardew is quizzed on how the error has impacted upon the Welsh number one’s state of mind in the days that have followed, before being asked whether or not he will retain his place in the starting XI this afternoon.
Ahead of what is shaping up to be an extremely daunting trip to The Etihad Stadium, Pardew gives his views on the exact approach we’ll need to take in order to come away with all three points, before musing about the possible reasons for City’s inconsistency in the Premier League so far this season.
As usual, Pardew is charismatic, enlightening an open in his views, making the entire press conference essential viewing for Palace fans as we build up to what is quite possibly our most difficult fixture of the season so far.