Toon Train In Tenerife
By Footy Mad - Editor
Updated Monday, 23rd January 2012
Alan Pardew says the rsult at Fulham was a shock but he is determined to keep a calm demeanour in Tenerife, where his squad are warm-weather training until Wednesday.
Alan Pardew: “We’ve got a great squad and we’re looking now to the FA Cup. There’s nothing we can do about Saturday, it’s gone, but we’ve got to make sure we get through the FA Cup.
“I was just disappointed, disappointed for them. Really there’s not many times I’ve been disappointed as the manager of this team this season.
"The back four has been our strength all year, our defending has been great.
“For 20 minutes we just didn’t do it very well. It wasn’t about players we did have or didn’t have, it was just the mental concentration and it’s cost us.
“We all know the Premier League, it’s 90-minute games. For 45 minutes we were great, but that ain’t it.
"Most games this year for 90 minutes we’ve been very, very strong.
"We’ve had little lapses in games, but not many. A disappointing period of the game has cost us.
"We need to make sure it doesn’t happen again and learn from it. That’s what we’ll take away from it.
“If you just lose concentration at this level it’s going to be costly. The game had gone away from us.
“We mustn’t dwell on it too much. It’s done.
"There’s nothing we can do about it, except make sure if we concede a soft goal like we did on Saturday to let a team come back in the game we react better than we did.
"That will be the lesson of Saturday.”