Even before Alan Pardew started his preparation on the opposition, West Bromwich Albion, for Saturday's game he had a clear picture in his mind of what to expect from a side set up by Tony Pulis.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference at Selhurst he reflected on last year's meeting at Selhurst and gave an insight into his expectations.
"They are just organised, it's a requirement under Tony. It is hard to get through them and they have good, knowledgeable players with good experience. When you look at his record - 14 clean sheets in 2015, he's pretty good at it. We have to find a way.
"Last season they deservedly won at our place, they stopped us and got two set-play goals. I hope we have learned from that and get ourselves a victory for our fans. We have had a really tough start, so the points' total is very good. But now we have to build on that and we hope to do that. We always try to win games."
Alan also said that he is frustrated with the number of players in the treatment room but is hopeful it will not be too much longer before some start returning.
"It is disappointing to look down a list and see those that cannot be selected due to injury, fitness wise we are in a similar situation as we were against Watford but I have been told by my medical team that it will be improved by the time we come round to the West Ham game."
to watch Alan Pardew's pre-match press conference.