Paul: Pards Settling In

Paul Goddard says that Alan Pardew is settling in quickly to the job of being West Ham's 10th manager - but reminds fans that change is gradual in football.

"Alan is fine; he has stepped into the role and brought his stamp onto the job," says Paul.

"There are a number of things he has changed around and that is what you'd expect, all positive things; the lads have responded to everything he has asked from them.

"I think it is going to take more than one week to get over the things he is trying to put across, but I don't see a problem that he won't be able to get the things he wants out on the pitch from the players.

"Roger Cross is around still as well as myself but the most important thing is that Alan gets out on the training ground with the players and expresses how he feels he wants us to play.

"He is doing that and I am sure it will reap dividends; I don't want to be sitting here preaching about someone else but Alan has come in and been very positive towards the job."

Speaking ahead of the Spurs game, Paul says:

"It is a fantastic game to be involved in; a cup tie, local derby, and a result on the night which I think is a really positive thing which they have brought in to the Carling cup.

"You go there in the knowledge that at the end of the night you will know what the outcome is.

"We are going there with a really positive mind and we will try to give them a real tough game - and get a lot of pluses out of it.

"You have only got to look at their squad list and you could get paranoid about it; they have got good players everywhere but you can't be too concerned because we know it is about us and how we do our job."

As for the draw at Cardiff, Paul concludes:

"We would obviously have liked to have played a bit better and made a few more chances to score and win, but it was a tricky game and Cardiff is a difficult place to go and their league record is very good so we are happy in one sense, but a little bit disappointed that we didn't take all three."