Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is looking for all 3 points tomorrow at Blackburn, but he thinks it will be a tough game.
Alan Pardew – confident of a win
Alan wants his side to win the tactical battle against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, because the two sides will play different systems, but Newcastle really need a win.
And we’ve been impressed with what new manager Steve Keen has achieved so far at Ewood Park , because he’s got Blackburn playing in a more attractive style than former manager Sam Allardyce, and has made a decent start to his management career.
The last time Newcastle won a game was back on January 5th in the 5-0 hammering of West Ham at St. James’ Park, and before that we had beaten Wigan 1-0, and those are the two wins we’ve had so far in 2011.
And wins are what puts those points up on the board.
In our relegation season we had just two wins in 2009, away at WBA and at home against Middlesbrough and that was it.
In the 18 league games Newcastle played in 2009 in the PL, the team won just 2, drew 6 and lost the other 10, for a points haul of just 12 points from their last 18 games. No wonder we were relegated!
In the 6 PL games we’ve had this year so far we’ve won 2, drawn 3 and lost one – so that’s 9 points from 6 games – not too bad at all, and a win tomorrow will get us the total number of points Newcastle got in 2009 – 12.
However, it also looks like the relegation cut-off could be around 40 points or more this season, so the lads must try to get as many wins, just as quickly as possible.
Alan Pardew, who has had a really tough time of it in the short 9 weeks he’s been on Tyneside, but has done very well so far, seems confident his troops – and that’s all you can call the lads after last week’s heroics – can win the game:
“Blackburn are a side who do a lot of things in the game really well. They are well-drilled, have great players – which is the most important thing at this level – and there will be a tactical battle on the day.”
“They play a different system to us, so it’s about us imposing ourselves on them. And although we are away from home that is very important – you take the philosophy that you are going to win, and that’s how we will approach the game.”
“I don’t want another 4-4, thank you very much, but a good, positive performance is what I’m after.”
It’s not surprising that Alan doesn’t want to see another 4-4 draw, and we’re sure he’s had the lads working on defense, because we looked so porous in that first half.
In the first 25 minutes it looked like each time Arsenal attacked they would score, and it was so hard to watch the game – the Newcastle side just looked terrible.
But a lot of that was the state of mind of our players, after Andy had left his home town club, and that cannot be used any more as any kind of excuse this season – and it will not.
And we’re absolutely sure Alan has made that very clear this week – the Newcastle club must now move forward.
But the magnificent comeback, which has gained Newcastle some incredible coverage aorund the world this week, has to give the lads great confidence through the end of the season.
“Our squad’s been quite buoyant as you would imagine. The mood in and around the training ground has been great – almost better than a win,”
“In a way it said everything about the character in our group, and in your lifetime you could play another 200 or 300 games and not be involved in one like that.”
“However, it’s not something that’s the highlight of our season. It’s been and gone and it’s the next game for us now, which is a tough one as Blackburn are a good side.”
We’ve said it many times this season, that the big strength of this Newcastle team, is the tremendous team spirit and guts that our players have – and that’s the one big difference with the side we have now, with the relegation side of two years ago.
But we’d love to see the lads win tomorrow, and not make it too dramatic – the old ticker just about made it through last week’s game – but it was close – as you can imagine. 😀
Howay The Lads!!