Alan Pardew loves himself some self-high-fives.
The Crystal Palace manager celebrated his club’s dominant performance over Sunderland on Saturday, a 4-1 win which certainly had Newcastle fans wondering where that was when Pardew was infamously going 0 for his last 4 as boss in the Tyne-Wear Derby.
[ MATCH RECAP: Sunderland 1-4 Crystal Palace ]
But it was all about Palace today, and rightly so. “Pardiola” has pulled the Eagles out of the relegation zone, and the boss made sure everyone knows his club is mid-table again, not worrying at all about the drop.
And, of course, why not agree with his fans’ assessment that the team looked like Brazil today… even if they were likely saying it with cheeky enthusiasm on account of the yellow kits!
From the BBC:
“Our fans were singing ‘it’s like watching Brazil’, and it was today. We were terrific and we caused Sunderland a lot of problems.
“It was an emphatic win and the scoreline didn’t even do us justice. We had so many chances. We were great and that’s seven away wins out of eight games – at a professional level that’s unbelievable.
“We never looked in any danger. This performance won’t get many headlines as we’re mid-table but it was an outstanding performance.”
If there was a smug-off between Pardew and Tim Sherwood, it’s impossible to know who would win (though the loser would certainly have been “unlucky”).