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Pardew wants 'surprises' in tough programme

27 January 2018

ALAN Pardew has urged his players to produce one or two 'surprise' results in a gruelling run of fixtures, starting at Anfield on Saturday.

The Baggies face Liverpool in the fourth round of the FA Cup, with trips to Manchester City and Chelsea in the Premier League coming either side of a home clash with Southampton.

The trip to Anfield marks the start of a tricky period for Pardew's men who have been "in a good moment" after a string of positive results and performances. And the gaffer wants more of the same despite a daunting calendar.

"There's a good feeling, we're in a good moment. Unfortunately we've really got some difficult games coming up; Liverpool away in the cup obviously, then Man City, then Southampton at home.

We've got Cyrille Regis' memorial on Tuesday as well, and then Chelsea away so it's a really tough programme for us. But we're in good shape for it and hopefully we can surprise one or two."

Pardew is more than aware of the significance of this competition for the Albion faithful and has promised not to make "too many changes" for the Merseyside test.  

"It's the anniversary, 50 years since we won The FA Cup. I'm sure our fans have that little trigger in them. We're conscious of that as well.

"We won't make too many changes but with the three games this week I'll have to manage the squad. If we can replicate the Everton performance at Liverpool then we're going to make it difficult for them which we did last time."

And, despite the Reds' obvious strength in depth, the gaffer wants his Baggies to play their own game and approach the test with a little bit of freedom.

"Liverpool know it will be difficult for them because we've only just played there and got that 0-0 where we put in a great display. They're obviously favourites, they obviously have tremendous strength in depth. But it's about us and how we prepare.

"Our mindset for the game is to win. It's a cup, you have to remember it's slightly different. There's a little less pressure on us so I hope we play with bit of freedom, give them a few scares and score a couple of goals."

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