Pardew Not Bothered By Palace Reception

By Rob Cooper
Last updated : 26 November 2002
Alan Pardew
Pardew returns to his former club for the first time tonight
Alan Pardew will come up against his former side Crystal Palace tonight for the first time in his managerial career.

The Reading job is Pardew's first job in management but Palace was his first professional club as a player.

The Royals boss really made a name for himself during his time with the Eagles and memorably scored the winner against Liverpool in the 1990 FA Cup Semi-Final, part way through his four year tenure at the club.

Both Ricky Newman and John Salako are former Crystal Palace players who will also be facing their former club again tonight.

Despite strong ties with the South London side Pardew admitted he isn't bothered what kind of reception he gets from the Smellhurst Park crowd.

"It'll be nice to take a team back there," admitted Pards, speaking to readingfc.co.uk.

"I don't care what kind of reception I get at Palace, the fans like me at Reading, I like them, I'm happy here so I couldn't care less!"

The Royals can go fourth tonight with a win, fifth if they can only achieve a draw. Getting into the Play-Off places with a result against one of his former clubs will surely be sweet for Pardew.

"I'm proud of the team that I've got at Reading. This is a very good side and we'll give a good account of ourselves, no doubt. With the opportunity to get into the top six we're looking forward to it."

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