ALAN Pardew has revealed the biggest challenge his players have faced in New Zealand – getting some sleep!
Pardew and his squad arrived in the country on Saturday ahead of today’s game against Sydney FC in Dunedin.
And the players have had to quickly adjust their sleeping patterns after making the 30-hour journey.
There is a 11-hour time difference between England and New Zealand, and Pardew has had to assess his squad ahead of the Sydney game.
“We’re got one or two struggling with sleep patterns a little bit,” said Pardew. “But that’s all.
“Most of the guys have managed to control their sleeping on the aircraft. So we’re in pretty good shape.”
On A-League opposition Sydney FC, Pardew added: “We’re very much aware of them and the growing stature that they’re hoping to achieve.
“This will highlight their progress. They’re looking for strong results against us and West Ham. We’ll show them the utmost respect.”