Pards: It's all about Belief

By Rob Cooper
Last updated : 14 August 2002
Alan Pardew
Alan Pardew has the belief
Alan Pardew was a happy man following his sides 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday at the Madejski Stadium last night.

After a poor first half display Reading were 1-0 down at the break. Two second half goals from striker Jamie Cureton were good enough to ensure that the Royals got their first win of the season.

Following the 2-1 victory Alan Pardew told Sky, who were screening the game live, that belief got the Royals victory. He said: "For us, it's a case of having belief and in the first fifteen minutes we had the belief and played good.

"When the goal went in our belief went, and this Division is all about belief. If you think you can play and do your stuff at this level then you'll do it, simple as that. Our players are good enough, they just need the belief, the victory will help us.

"I was disappointed after the goal, we started putting the ball at risk, everyone looked a bit edgy and if you go like that you'll get beat. Second half they responded and you could see the belief in our game.

"Set plays were a problem for us, we were trying to stop the supply but it was difficult. Sheffield Wednesday won't get beat often, they're a good side and they caused us problems.

Cureton
Jamie Cureton
"Jamie's two goals will do nothing for his confidence, he's super-confident already. He's one of the few in the dressing room that I don't have to put the belief into.

"He believes he can score goals at this level and probably he will, hopefully for Reading. He didn't do much tonight - but that's Curo - take your eye off him for a minute and it's in the back of the net."

The Royals' next fixture is against Coventry City at home on Saturday. But do they have the belief that they can win?

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