Alan Pardew has only been in charge at West Bromwich Albion for six games now and he believes the team is improving but they simply need to score more goals, so he has been working towards this in his training, especially from set-pieces. This will be Pardew’s 4th home game, and he has had two draws and a narrow defeat to Man United so far, and he thinks that the Baggies were unlucky not to win their last one at home to Everton.
“Anyone who watched the game the other day would have seen a real professional performance without us getting the result we needed and scoring goals is how you win games,” said Pardew.
“We need to find a better solution for putting that ball in the net.
“There’s a number of things we can do as a coaching team such as increase finishing sessions, but that’s difficult because of the levels of energy the players have.
“We can concentrate on set-plays, which we will do for this game, make sure they’re nailed down.
“And create pressure, if we keep creating pressure we’ll create some luck for ourselves.
“That’s what we’re going to continue to do, even if we are against a superior team like we are in this situation.”
Arsenal’s away record has been dismal this season but we got a much-needed win at Crystal Palace this week, but Pardew was pleased to see the Gunners conceding two goals, which gives him hope for his team. He is hoping that West Brom can score at least two against our dodgy defenders.
“Hopefully we’ll start scoring some goals, that’s the biggest area that has to change,” said Pardew.
“Going to a back four, we’ve looked very solid, not many teams create chances against us.
“We go into the game pretty confident, but at the same time we have to take risks.
“The goals against column might go up a bit, but i’m not scared of that as long as the goals for column goes up quicker, sharper and on a steeper graph!
“Palace scoring two goals and getting some chances was a filip for us. We take that into the game.
“Hopefully we can get a couple of goals which is what we’re going to need – at least – if we’re going to win.
“Their front three is world class, you could take that to the World Cup and any national team would be happy.
“That’s what we’re up against. More importantly for us we’ve got to score at the other end.”
So it sounds like he is telling his team to go for attack which means that we could see yet another high-scoring game, but can we score more than West Brom?