Alan Pardew has been working on new tactics and a new game plan, to confront second top of the league Arsenal at St. James’ Park this afternoon.
Alan Pardew – tough week!
To say Alan has had a hard week at the office this past week is a gross under-statement, but a win today will send him, the Newcastle players and especially the Newcastle fans into gaga land.
That’s because if the lads can beat Arsenal, while we still have some of our top players out injured, and especially after the week the club’s had, then surely we can stay in England’s top division this season.
Players to come back soon will include Ryan Taylor, Ben Arfa and Steven Taylor, and they can do a job for Newcastle United, in the remaining 13 game left after today.
And we don’t know the status of Dan Gosling, or what the Newcastle club are going to do about his injured knee, which swelled up alarmingly a couple of weeks ago.
It would be really good to get an update on Dan’s status from the club.
This is what Alan said today:
“I think it is fairly evident that with what I have got available, I will have to change the game plan.”
“Our style will change from now. Not having a 6ft 3ins striker around means we have to come up with something different.
If that means no more long balls into the center – that’s a pity – at least today – because Arsenal’s weakness is not only their defense in general, but central defense in particular.
Whether we can score the goals in the big question today, but we do have Kevin Nolan on 10 goals and Lovenkrands and Best have 3 goals each.
And we are hoping that young Nile Ranger can get his very first PL goal today.
That will do wonders for this boy’s confidence and a win today is just what the doctor ordered for Newcastle United.