Pardew Hits Out At Bellamy As 'Not Top Draw'!

Last updated : 11 January 2009 By Footy Mad - Editor

Pardew played down praise from Sky Sports pundits for his performance against Newcastle ... saying "Bellamy is not a Top Four club striker. He is not top draw. Not good enough for the Champions League, but he could get you into the UEFA Cup.

"He lacks the edge of the players the Top Four clubs have signed."

Zola: "If you see the way Craig (Bellamy) moves about the pitch it is fantastic. He is an exemplary professional and he has performed very, very well - not only him but everybody.

"Considering the way we played I am a bit disappointed we didn't win the game but we were playing against a very good team. But I think my team deserved a little bit more than that.
"I am very confident because this club is determined to improve and it's not true we want to sell our best players. The way we are playing and training this club deserves to be in a better position.

"Being a footballer I know it's not easy when you have so many words around you to concentrate and perform, but they are outstanding and I would say their performances have gone even higher in this period."