Pardew Won't Give Hero Any Guarantees

Last updated : 24 August 2012 By Footy Mad - Editor


Alan Pardew: "When we trained here (on Wednesday night), he [Taylor] hit three or four better than the one he scored with.

"I should think in the Premier League, there are not too many players at dead balls who have the accuracy of Ryan.

"He is desperate to play in the first team, but he has got some good performances from Saturday's game against Tottenham in front of him, so he has got to be patient.

"When he gets his chance, what more can he do?

"He played very well - and hopefully there are a few more of those, please.

"Our pre-season prep, you could argue, served us well tonight because they let us have possession for long periods of the game, and we moved the ball and made them work really hard and took the sting out of the game a little bit.

"In the second half, I was a little bit disappointed we didn't get the win - I thought there were good opportunities - but overall, I was very, very pleased with the performance.

"They [Atromitos] have shown us tonight that it's not going to be a pushover and it's not going to be a foregone conclusion, so we have got to be right and we have got to make sure that the team is strong enough.

"But that team I fielded tonight, I thought we got it just about right, and now we have got to get next Thursday right.

"If we are taking an away goal into the home leg, we would be favourites - but we are the favourites when we play at home whoever we are playing, in my opinion, so we have got to win the game."