Pardew Seeking Positivity
New West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Pardew has outlined his 'positive approach' to the job at The Hawthorns.
On the back of last weekend's goalless draw with Crystal Palace, Pardew felt we hadn't quite got what we deserved given the performance we put in, but a more entertaining performance is certainly what he's seeking moving forward - especially when he has greater options available to him given the injuries to Nacer Chadli, James Morrison, Chris Brunt, Matt Phillips and Craig Dawson.
Pardew did however call on Salomon Rondon, Jay Rodriguez and Hal Robson-Kanu who turned out as a front three for the first time since they all came to the club and that's something he plans on doing more often moving forward according to his words to wba.co.uk.
'I wanted to send a message not just to the fans here but to the players: 'Okay, we can play with three strikers and we can be positive and go for teams. Sometimes when you play with three strikers it doesn`t always work, but if we`d got a goal in the first 20 minutes, we might`ve kicked on from there. But we didn`t. So we`ll reflect on that. We showed signs with a lot of big players missing that were really encouraging.'
With plans further effected with Gareth Barry picking up a thigh injury during the first half, Pardew was pleased with what he saw from Claudio Yacob and youngster Sam Field.
'I thought Claudio was terrific when he came on and second half I was really impressed by his performance. And Sam has ticked some boxes in those three games. One is his quality, two is his endeavour and work-rate - it`s just what position is best suited to him. At times he had his back to goal and it didn`t look comfortable for him. It looks like he needs to come from deep and that`s why we changed his position...all those things we need to find out.'
'I spoke to Gary Megson who brought him in for two games and he was terrific - fair play to Gary for picking him. Hopefully I will get the benefit of it because it`s three good performances.'