Pardew: It Wasn't About Revenge

By Rob Cooper
Last updated : 31 August 2002
Alan Pardew
Pardew: "It wasn't about revenge"
Despite earlier suggesting that the clash with Walsall was the chance to get revenge for the 2001 Play Off-Final defeat Reading's 2-0 win over the Saddlers was not about avenging the painful past.

Pards was understandably delighted to see his team secure their third victory of the season; and their first points away from home. The result sees the Royals climb to tenth in the league.

Speaking to BBC Radio Berkshire after the game Pardew said: "Today's game wasn't about revenge. I know I said earlier in the week that this was the chance to get one over Walsall but that was not on our minds.

"To be honest the Play Off-Final defeat against the Saddlers was a blessing in disguise. If we had gone up we would have spent big money on transfers and wages and with the collapse of ITV Digital that could have cost us so that defeat wasn't a missed opportunity."

Royals midfielder Andy Hughes bagged a brace, according to Pards he put in an excellent performance.

"I thought Shorey, Mackie and Hughes put in exceptional displays today.

"I'm pleased that the transfer window has closed because if I was with a Premiership club I'd look at Hughesy and see a young player with great ability and a lot of experience and I'd be interested.

"I feel for Phil Whitehead; since Marcus Hahnemann has come into the side we've played better and Marcus hasn't had a lot to do and has been able to keep two clean sheets with relative ease.

"Early on our attacking play didn't hurt them too much but they didn't hurt us at all. We had to defend some set plays but I felt comfortable all afternoon. We defended well when we had too and I know that we'll always hurt teams on the break with our pace.

"It was a fantastic result for us - I felt we deserved it."

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