Pardew Looking Forward To Massive Man City Game

Alan Pardew now has the task of preparing the players for the very tough game at home to Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.

Alan Pardew – may have difficulties with training this week

And we expect Man City to be top of the league tonight,  when they take on Everton at home, and a win will put them one point clear at the top of the Premier League table for Christmas.

Alan told the Evening Chronicle today:

“We still go into Man City on the back of a win against Liverpool and you take that into the next game.”

“It doesn’t matter who that next game is against, it is irrelevant, because we still go into it on a high. We’ll see how it pans out.”

“Confidence is still high after the Liverpool result.” “We will take that into a game against what will probably be the Premier League leaders.”

It was a difficult time for Newcastle supporters who set off for Birmingham on Saturday,  after the Midlands club had issued a statement at 9 am that  the pitch was playable and the surrounding areas were safe .

And the game was called off a short three hours later,  and if it was because the snow was falling heavily – why didn’t they check the local weather forecast before issuing their statement at 9:00 am?

It was disappointing for the fasn, to be sure,  but with the Newcastle weather next week not looking at all good,  it’s going top be difficult for the lads to train out doors too much this week.

And the Newcastle groundsmen may have another big job on their hands – although of course our groundsmen are simply the best in the business, and they never get the credit they deserve.

This is what Alan said about Saturday’s travails and the potential difficulties in training this week:

“It was really disappointing for everybody, especially those who had traveled down.” “We just wanted to get the game on because we wanted to get a performance out of it.”

“Now we are going to have to think on our feet in terms of preparation because the weather is going to be bad again.” “We were all keyed up too and the game was only cancelled four hours before. It made it difficult.”

“We actually worked at the hotel instead and the guys worked really hard.” “That’s all we could do. “We might do some work at St James’ ahead of the game against Man City because we can used the surface because of the under soil heating.”

“We have that lined up but we will see how it goes.” “We don’t really want to go on it to protect the pitch but we’ll have to see.”

With the players being given a couple of days off  today and tomorrow,  the training for the Man City game will start in earnest on Wednesday morning.

And another big win for the lads would be fantastic, and after all we owe Man City one for narrowly losing 2-1 at Eastlands, when we had a stone cold penalty against Shola Ameobi turned down late in the game.

And of course we also had the great Ben Arfa put out of action for over four months, at least, with the double fracture of his left leg

So a win would be a a great – if late – Christmas present for Newcastle fans everywhere.

Maybe the lads  can dedicate this game to Ben Arfa – and go out and win it for the Frenchman – that sounds like a good idea.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Spotlight Kid

    Dec 20, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #1

    Almost half of the articles on here over the last 3 days have started with the word ‘Pardew….’

    Does it trigger extra money or something???

    As Pardew is someone who has done absolutely nowt for the club to date it is somewhat perplexing.

  • Mac

    Dec 20, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #2

    Must admiti am looking forward to the game. We were close to getting something from the last game against them.
    Bring it on.

  • Nolan96

    Dec 20, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #3

    De Jong won’t know whats hit him on sunday. Interesting whether or not Mancini plays him, probably will as De Jong isn’t the type who is affected. I’m looking forward to a few HARD tackles 🙂

  • Gilesy

    Dec 20, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #4

    Can’t wait to see Tiote knock seven bells out of the odious De Jong, I think we all know whose harder…

  • Kazenga89

    Dec 20, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Think its revenge time against the mancs. Wish Benny could have been back and fit for this one cos im sure he would have loved to play against them again. Hopefully joey, kev, Andy and cheik can make up for that! Come on toon, 5 out of 5 wins… not sure but here’s hoping. HWTL!!!

  • Adssy Mccc

    Dec 20, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #6

    ANYONE who goes to the game should make it clear to DeJong that we have not forgotton that reckless challenge on Ben Afra…

    He was tasked with taking him out of the game (no question!) and he did exactly that!

    After not saying sorry (which he certainly didn’t do within the first week or so – if at all…?) – he deserves a rough reception and hopefully a few strong challenges from both Barton and Tiote!!!

    We can’t forget that we need every little thing to help us keep hold of Benny boy – and that includes devotion from the fans! If he can see (hear) the loyalty from the Toon Army, it will only help to sway his thoughts about whether to try and engineer a perminent move to St James’ Park.

  • DanNUFC

    Dec 20, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #7

    id love to see Tiote, Barton and Nolan turn De Jong into a quivering mess with hard tackles whenever he gets the ball, he really is a disgrace to football. however i can see whoever goes in too hard on him or anyone else eventually getting sent off, because that seems to be the rules for refs and the fa now… players for big teams can do whatever they want but players for smaller teams can’t. did anyone see fletcher for man u push the ref when he didn’t get a free kick and nothing was said?

  • Jose Enrique

    Dec 20, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #8

    would love the players to go and win this game for Hatem. i got his name on the back of my newcastle home kit so if he doesnt sign im screwed :$

  • Brutooon

    Dec 20, 2010 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #9

    i got his name also at the back of my home kit

    hatem king arfa


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