Everton: potential banana skin?
Posted on November 3rd, 2011 | 39 Comments |
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew keeps ambitions in check ahead of our game against Everton on the weekend.
What exactly is a ‘potential banana skin’? I ask because my local shopkeeper and I were having our daily discussion about life, the universe and everything and he left me with the comment “Everton are a potential banana skin”. Which got me to wondering if a ‘potential banana skin’ is actually just a banana.
Anyway, we’re playing this banana on the weekend and I’m pleased to see that Alan Pardew is keeping a sharp perspective on things. Pardew said:
“We have had a great start and have shown a lot of sides to us as a team. But we look no further than that.
“We are coming up against a very good established Premier League side in Everton, with a great manager and good players, and you have to respect every team in this division. And that is what we will do for the next game.
“We are playing with confidence and have got a decent side. How good it is, we don’t know, but we are just going from game to game at the moment.
“Expectation levels are not rising or going through the roof. Everybody has their feet on the ground and we are just hoping to keep it going.“
Can’t really argue with. Pardew made more sense than my local shopkeeper anyway.
We are of course going to come a cropper against a big banana at some point – possibly in the next game but one – but I think we have the whatsits and thingamajigs to take on Everton and come away with three points.
How we do after that is anybody’s guess. We have perpetually surprised people this season so far, so I guess anything is possible. But Pardew has the right idea in trying to keep the team focused on one game at a time. Yes he still spouts a load of guff from time to time but I can’t argue with the results he’s fashioned from a relatively inexpensive team this season.
Not much of a ‘blog that, but I had a few minutes spare in my hectic schedule of trying to fathom the secrets of the universe and felt like posting a bedtime missive.