Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Plucky Pardew's Call to Arms

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Plucky Pardew's Call to Arms

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WEST HAM boss Alan Pardew has urged his side to stay true to their footballing ethos as they look to return to winning ways at Manchester City tomorrow.

The high-profile signings of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano have arguably contributed to a turbulent start to the Premiership campaign and Pardew's men were defeated by Newcastle at Upton Park last Sunday. That loss followed a disappointing defeat by Palermo in their UEFA Cup opener.

Pardew, though, has been training his players hard and trying to maintain the style which succeeded last season.

"We have worked very hard this week," he said. "I've told the players that we just can't afford to lose what we're about - the speed, the spirit and the togetherness - because we need to pass and attack quickly.

"As a squad, we've got to cut out the grey areas with the new guys, who are not too familiar with what we're doing and we need to get back to black and white so that everyone knows their role. …

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