Alan Pardew is hoping his Newcastle team can give the Newcastle fans a belated Christmas present this afternoon, by winning at St. James’ Park against the richest club in the world, Manchester City.
Alan Pardew – hoping for a win this afternoon
Alan had this to say to Newcastle United TV:
“It’s a big fixture because it’ll be a big attendance for us on Boxing Day and the first time we’ve been at home for nine years, so we’re going to be really up for the game,”
“We have momentum after the win, and we want to back that up if we can.” “We’re desperate to get a game.”
“We were very disappointed the Birmingham game didn’t go ahead, but these things happen and you have to focus on the next game.”
“That’s most important for us – the next game, and the next game happens to be Manchester City.”
We have to think Man City will be going all out this afternoon to put right what went wrong last Monday night, when they were beaten 2-1 at home to Everton, and didn’t play particularly well.
Most pundits thought that City would win that game, and become top of the Premier League over Christmas, but it didn’t happen that way, as people forget to tell Everton the plot.
But their defeat against the Toffees was mainly due to the poor play from the expensively assembled Man City team, and team spirit is certainly not one of their strong points, with too many big egos in the side for that.
And it’s possible Newcastle could out-fight and out-muscle them this afternoon, especially if Newcastle can get their noses in front with the first goal.
The Newcastle manager is well aware that there could be a back-lash this afternoon, as the Eastlands club tries to get back to their winning ways:
“They’ll be hurt, and they’ll bring that to Newcastle to try to put that right, so it’ll perhaps be a tougher game for us with that mentality. We need to make sure we’re just as strong.”
“It’s important because we’ve got a lot of games in a short period of time and you want to come out of those games in a strong position.”
“The guys and the staff have done terrifically in the first half of the season so we’re hoping we can back that up in the second half.”
A draw this afternoon would be a good result for the Magpies, as the lads start a hectic period of 5 games in just 13 days, after having no games at all in the previous 13 days.
But we shouldn’t underestimate this Newcastle side either, when Carroll, Nolan, Barton and Tiote are all playing.
A win would be fantastic, and we’d be flying - and that’s what we’ll hope for - more Christmas cheer.
Howay The Lads!!