Sunday’s game against Manchester City is the first Newcastle home game on a Boxing Day since 2001, when the great Sir Bobby Robson was the Newcastle manager, and the lads hammered Middlesbrough 3-0.
Bobby Robson – manager when Newcastle last had Boxing Day home game
And it’s hardly surprising the home game is already a sell-out, and with high flying Manchester City the visitors, it could be another cracking game, just like the last home game against Liverpool, which was Alan Pardew’s first game in charge.
But Alan had only just arrived at the club, and after training the lads for the last couple of weeks, this is really Alan’s real debut as Newcastle manager, and we’ll have to see if there are many changes in the way Newcastle will play against City on Sunday.
And we have to hope the result is the same as against Liverpool, and certainly a Newcastle win would be a tremendous, if slightly late, Christmas gift for Newcastle fans everywhere.
Alan Pardew seems to be looking forward to the game, and not surprisingly he wants another good performance from his team.
This is what Alan said today:
“It will be a great occasion, and I just want to make sure we do not produce that Boxing Day performance you see in certain years.”
“Sometimes you have freak results, and the freak result we want is a win against Manchester City.”
“We have to make sure we prepare well, because Manchester City are tricky customers after being beaten on Monday night.”
“We are going to train at St James’s Park today, but will not be training tomorrow.”
It doesn’t help Newcastle that Man City slipped up badly at home against Everton last Monday night, when everybody expected them to go to to the top of the Premier League with a win but lost the game 2-1.
They were asleep for the first 20 minutes of that game, but that is now very unlikely to happen on Sunday, and that will make Newcastle’s task all the more difficult.
But if Newcastle show up like they did against Liverpool, and play anywhere near their best, and have a little luck too, there’s no reason the lads cannot take all 3 points.
Yes, there are a lot of ifs and buts in that statement – but that’s what we’re hoping for – a second consecutive home win on Sunday.
Howay The Lads!!