Alan Pardew – No More 4-4 Draws – Please!

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.

Alan continued:

“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!!

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    Feb 11, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #1

    lets aim for a 5-4 win for us haha

  • G

    Feb 11, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #2

    Brutooon, I will go for that, as long as I can have a pacemaker installed prior to kick off!

  • Danufc9

    Feb 11, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #3

    How reliable is this site lads?
    Hopefully not at all, Ashley would jump at the chance…again

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 11, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #4

    Andy’s left?

    Hope AP starts the real team from the off tomorrow and not the team of doubles that played in the first half.

  • Stuart

    Feb 11, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #5

    It would take alot more than 12m like Danufc9

    At least 20m to even consider it. I would hope (make that pray) that ashley doesnt sell him though.

  • boyfromshields

    Feb 11, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Is the match live to air in UK?
    If not, hop on a plane and get to Melbourne
    You can watch 7 matches live.
    I knew there was a reason I came out here!

  • boyfromshields

    Feb 11, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #7

    Now, when I say “came out” I don’t want anyone getting the wrong end of the stick or anything else

  • G

    Feb 11, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #8

    @ boyfromshields, posts 6 & 7. ‘Come out’ , ‘wrong end of the stick’? Sometimes these jokes just write themselves don’t they?

  • Danufc9

    Feb 11, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #9

    I agree stuart, 20M AT LEAST!! Best left back in the PM!

  • boyfromshields

    Feb 11, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #10

    G. I’m glad they write themselves….
    I wouldn’t like to be responsible for them

  • boyfromshields

    Feb 11, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #11

    Anyway off to Kip down here, just before midnight and I’ve a big night tomorrow…. Do I try to stay up until 2am when the match starts, or put the alarm on & trust it works….

  • AndyMac

    Feb 11, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #12

    Surely no more 4-4 draws is largely down to Patsy to get it right in terms of formations, tactics and above all relationships with his squad.

    It’s his job to persuade all the players that, although he was in charge when AC buggered off, he wont stand idly by while Fatman sells them all off to the highest bidder.

    Yeah good luck with that Patsy 🙁


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