Newcastle will be kicking off against Stevenage in the FA Cup 3rd round in less than 48 hours time, in a game that is being televised live around the world..
Alan Pardew – worried about Stevenage
And that game will bring to an end a hectic 5 games in 13 days for the Newcastle team, and the other Premier League sides too.
And yet looking at the fixtures list coming up, we have but two league fixtures in March – so it’s an odd fixture this season, list to say the least.
Once thing we like about new manager Alan Pardew, is he always just concentrates on the next game – which is always the most important — whatever happened in the previous game.
And this is what Alan said today about the Stevenage game, which he doesn’t expect to be easy:
“The next game is the most important, and the cup has always been really good to me. I’ve got some fantastic memories from it,”
“I’ve played in this competition at every level and know what it means to Stevenage.”
“I saw their manger last night at the West Ham game, and know exactly where they are with it, so need to relay that to our players.”
“Because if our application and preparation aren’t the same then we will find ourselves on the wrong end of an upset.”
“The players understand that their focus has to be right, or otherwise we will be in trouble at Stevenage.”
“But also we do have that massive game against Sunderland around the corner, and the desire to keep the shirt must be there.”
“Any player in the squad would love to play in that game. It is a really big game.”
Alan Pardew is already looking to having Newcastle target some silverware sooner rather then later – and when you think one upcoming Carling Cop semi-final is between two great under-achievers in the Premier League – Birmingham City and West Ham United – Newcastle are better than both those sides, so we may have a realistic chance of advancing in the FA Cup this year, with a favorable draw.
We have nothing against West Ham or Birmingham, but they are probable favorites to be relegated this season, and are certainly two of the weaker sides this year in England’s top league.
“I think this club ultimately needs to hunt for trophies,”
“We know winning the Premier League is awfully difficult, given the finances of some of the top clubs.”
“And if you can win a cup then that is certainly going to be the easier route.”
Alan Pardew has a very good record at starting well when he takes over as manager of a club, and he could well have Newcastle nicely positioned in the PL come the end of May – but we’ll be very happy as long as Newcastle are not in the bottom three.