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.