The big problem Newcatsle have had all season is inconsistency, and while we thought Alan Pardew was solving that particular malady – the terrible let-down at Stevenage last weekend proved there was still some way to go.
Alan Pardew – cut out the mistakes
Alan Pardew is a no-nonsense manager and it looks like he has told his team, in no uncertain terms, that they have to cut out the sloppiness that was on show last weekend.
This is what Alan told his Newcastle players yesterday:
“It is all very well saying we’ve got senior players so we’ll be OK. We had senior players at Stevenage and we lost,” “We’ve got to make sure we’re up for it because in these parts this is a Cup final.”
“The problem we’ve had is consistency. There has been a question mark there and for any team that has a question mark like that, you’ve got to address it.”
“The last two Premier League games we’ve won with clean sheets. We have to look to those two performances as much as anything – we have to say ‘Look, it’s a Premier League game, lets not give anything away and then we’ve got a platform to go and win the game’.
“That is the most important thing. We’ve lost Steven Taylor but Mike Williamson has come into it and he’s got a couple of games under his belt now and we can look forward to being strong again as a unit.”
“Cheik and Andy missing is going to put our fan base on red alert. They’re big players and you can’t disguise that,” “But for us as a group they’re out, they can’t play so lets go out there and win without them. That is my message to the squad.”
There’s not too much you can add to that – and it seems like Alan’s battle cry to his players for the derby game today, which kicks off in a very short 75 minutes time.
Howay The Lads!!