Alan Pardew only focuses on the next game, and in football management, one of the toughest jobs imaginable, that’s a great way to look at things.
Alan Pardew – concentrates only on next game
The most important game is the next one, and nothing else really matters, and the only focus is how to win that next game.
And it’s really not worth even thinking too much about Europe other than trying to win every single game this season – and there are 11 reaming and 33 points to play for. We are all aware in this very tight season in the PL that Newcastle could move into a potential European spot with a win, but we shouldn’t get too carried away about that.
Good teams concentrate on each game as it comes, and one of the tings that has impressed us is that exactly how Alan operates, just like Chris Hughton before him. Newcastle ‘s next game is in 9 days time and against Bolton Wanderers at home, who are having a very good season under impressive new manager Owen Coyle.
The good news is that Bolton are not the same side away from home that they are at the Reebok Stadium, and have only 2 wins and 4 draws in their 13 games on the road with 13 goals scored and 20 conceded.
So Newcastle must stand a very good chance of winning the game, if we can keep scoring the goals, and 3 points will lift us above the Trotters in the league too. Of course having said Bolton are not too good away from home, they still managed to beat Wigan Athletic away 1-0 in the 4th round of the FA Cup, in front of a woeful crowd of just 7515.
And of course we are getting very close to Sunderland, so that should be a spur for the team to try to overtake Sunderland, who are now only 2 points above the Magpies with an inferior goal difference.
Alan Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today:
“For me I’ve always focused on the next game, and that is against Bolton.” “If we win it then we will go above Bolton in the table.”
“They are a side who are supposed to have had a fantastic season.” ” So for a club that was only promoted last season, what does that do for us?”
“We go into the game on the back of a great performance at Birmingham and we’re looking forward to it.”
And we have to hope that two top four clubs this season will win the Carling Cup and the FA Cup this season, because presumably that will free up another two spots in Europe.
Let’s hope so in any case, but it’s really in our own hands to have a great run-in to the season.