Alan Pardew couldn’t have had much stiffer opposition in his first two games as Newcastle manager than Liverpool and moneybags Manchester City.
Roberto Mancini – Man City manager
Newcastle did extremely well against Liverpool, and in the end were worthy 3-1 winners, and it will be a tough game against Man City next Sunday.
That’s especially true since they seem to be a better side away from Eastlands, after going down 2-1 at home last night to a resurgent Everton side, whose defense was first class .
But Alan Pardew will carefully prepare his side for another monumental tussle on Boxing Day, and we have to hope the lads can give their fans a belated Christmas present on Sunday.
This is what Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today:
“What you have to remember is that the outlay Man City have made means their squad is very, very deep with talent.”“They don’t give you a lot of room to break them down.”
“And they rely on their offensive players, rather than committing defensive players forward, so it makes it difficult to score.” “But we also have weapons that can be used.”
It was frustrating to have last Saturday’s away game at Birmingham City postponed due to poor weather, when the lads seemed to be both in such good form and great spirits, and we could have probably come away with all 3 points from St. Andrew’s.
But it wasn’t to be so next up is Man City at home, and we’ll just have to try to get all 3 points from that game, especially with the improving home form the lads are starting to show.
And Newcastle seem to do very well against the top clubs this season and Alan responded to that:
“That’s right.” “We got a great result against Liverpool and maybe that can inspire us to reach similar heights against Man City.”
The goal has to be all 3 points, and maybe one strategy would be to steal the snoods from the Man City players before the game.
From what we’ve seen from a number of their players (softies), they’d be too cold to be too interested in competing at St. James’ Park in the freezing weather (the colder the better), and then we should win easily.
Not too bad a thought really.
It was very interesting to notice that not one single Everton player wore a snood last night, when the temperature was below 20 degrees F.
We cannot help but think that if an Everton player wanted to wear one last night, manager David Moyes would have told them to take a hike.
Howay The Lads!!