Alan On Keeper Choice

Alan Pardew says he restored Steve Bywater to the side on Saturday because of his league form - despite Jimmy Walker's excellent display at Chelsea last week.

Alan is keen to stress that the fact Jimmy was on the bench again on Saturday was no reflection on him, merely a complement to Stephen, and he explains:

"I spoke to Jimmy the day before and he was pretty cool about it and to be fair to Stephen, in the two games prior to Chelsea, he had played very well.

"We wanted to keep Jimmy in the fold at Chelsea and let him know he is a team member - and he put in a fantastic display.

"For Plymouth's goal with the free kick, from where I was sitting I thought the ball took a big jump and that made it very difficult to save - but other than that I thought he did well and made a couple of good saves."

On the whole, Alan was none too pleased with some of the refereeing decisions; the free kick from which the Pilgrims equalised was a debatable handball decision against Carl Fletcher after Marlon Harewood had had a 'goal' disallowed for offside in the first half.

"We feel aggrieved because we felt we scored a perfectly good goal that was chalked off for offside and the linesman's explanation of that to me in the second half was that he couldn't wait to see in the morning if he'd got it right - and I didn't really think that was what I wanted to hear.

"I thought that unfortunately after that his performance looked to be affected; it was a stop-start game and the officials didn't help.

"We wanted to get it down and play but the whistle seemed to blow every other minute and they are very good at set plays.

"It didn't help us to get any rhythm to the game - it seemed every time we got near their goal there was an infringement and I had honestly felt it was a game we were going to win.

"We got our goal at a good time and we had chances in the second half to have won the game.

"I thought all the back four and the goalie played well; Calum is a good player and we needed his aerial presence." As for the injury news going into Cardiff, Alan says:

"I don't think Teddy will make Cardiff; Sergei has a chance but Malky will not feature this week."