Pardew Throws Down The Gauntlet

Last updated : 25 September 2013 By Footy Mad - Editor

Alan Pardew: "I am still livid about that Hull result, so make no mistake, we are going to be at the races on Wednesday night.

"As far as I am concerned, I'm so disappointed about Saturday, I can't begin to tell you.

"It hurts me to even talk about it even now two days later. We got ourselves in a great position to be able to get into the top four of the Premier League on Saturday night.

"That doesn't come around often, and it might not come around in this season again, so that's how disappointed I am and we need to put that right.

"We are trying to have a little bit more of an offensive look to us, and that isn't going to change, I hope.

"But we are going to have to be better defensively as a team than we were on Saturday if we are going to play the amount of offensive players and have the offensive look that I want to the team.

"There's a balance to be had, so that's what we are searching for.

"For Leeds - I know the manager well, he is a friend of mine - and their staff, they have had a tricky run and for them, this is a big game.

"It puts them back in the spotlight. They are a fantastic club, they have a history as good as ours.

"It's a Premier League club that's outside of it at the moment, and I hope Brian McDermott gets them back.

"But on this particular night, obviously we want to put them out."