Alan Pardew has no intention at all of trying to beat Stoke City at their own game, tomorrow at the Britannia Stadium.
Alan Pardew – we will play our own brand of football
Alan Pardew has Newcastle playing a decent attacking style of play, which can be successful, but only when we have all our top players in the side.
And when we don’t we’re just not the same side, and that’s unfortunate, and hopefully we can fix that in the summer by bringing in more players with the sufficient class and skills.
Stoke play the Stoke brand of football only as Stoke can, and it would seem a little foolish if Newcastle tried to match them at their own game.
Alan told the local Newcastle media today:
“There’s no way we’ll beat them at their own game.” “There is only one way to beat them – and that’s by playing the way we play. We have a mixture to our game.”
“We’re good at set plays and we’re strong.” “We’ve got good character in the team and we pass the ball well.”
“We will hurt the opposition by building pressure of our own and constantly keep attacking.” “That philosophy will stand us in good stead.”
“We just want to go there and play a game where we keep the ball.” “We will work them and try to unlock them.”
“We’ll try to exploit mistakes and errors and make it the other way round.”
If Newcastle are going to get anything at all out of this game, our defense will have to be on their game, and especially our two center-backs Coloccini and Mike Williamson, although Alan has hinted he may even start Sol Campbell tomorrow, who is fit again.
There will be an aerial attack coming from the home side tomorrow, and it’s something the lads will have been concentrating on in training, but even though teams know exactly what is coming from corners and Rory Delap throw-ins, they still find the plays hard to defined.
“It’s balls in the box continuously and you have to learn how to deal with that.”
“What they do build is pressure and that’s what we can deal with in a better way by keeping the ball and keeping it away from them.”
“We must make sure the pressure is up at the other end.” “That is a better game plan than having to deal with 18 throw-ins, 10 corners or five free-kicks.”
“That’s what we’ll try to do.”
The plan will not be dissimilar to what other teams have tried to do against the Potters, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and that means the execution of the game plan tomorrow.
It will hardly be an easy game for Newcastle, but we assume the lads have had made ample preparations over the last couple of weeks.
And we are looking for a good performance from our side tomorrow, especially after the huge disappointment in losing 2-1 at home to Everton, last time out.