Monday, April 10, 2006

Pardew on Yesterday's Game

West Ham manager Alan Pardew reflected after the game on how a ten man Blues side can work harder than eleven men.

"We scored the goal and then they were reduced to ten men - and we switched off at that point. We went away from what we're about - the exuberance and positiveness that we've had all year. We kind of drifted out of the game unfortunately, and we gifted them goals. It was a tough afternoon for us - and a tough afternoon for West Ham fans.

The trip to Dubai was designed to lift the players. Bolton made the same trip and went on to beat Arsenal 1-0, so we were hoping the trick was going to work for us - but it didn't today. We'll have to look at ourselves as a squad - and staff - and make sure that next week we're better prepared, and ready for it. On our side, I think we just thought 'well okay, we can keep playing as we are and we'll be alright' - and that wasn't good enough. Ten world-class players pulled themselves together, worked twice as hard and came away with a great victory for Chelsea. They're still an excellent team, we knew we had a challenge today. They've had a lot of criticism - some of it unfairly. But they answered their critics today - and we bore the brunt of that."

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