Alan Pardew has won four, lost five and drawn five of his 14 games in charge of Newcastle so far, and has a 28.6% win percentage .
Tony Pulis – has done great job at Stoke
We could do with more wins is those statistics, and of course the lads have a chance this afternoon to do just that at the Britannia Stadium.
Alan Pardew talked about Stoke City today:
“Tony and his team have had to put up with criticism which is way beyond reasonable or fair. They do what they do within the laws of the game and they do it well.”
“You have to be able to accept that and cope with it.” “I have no problem with that and I don’t think Tony has. I think what Tony has a problem with is people assuming it is not good football and I do appreciate that.”
“What they do is brilliant. It brings something to the Premier League – a different flavor which is what makes the Premier League brilliant.” “If you go to Spain you will never see a team play like Stoke.”
“That is one of the things that makes our league more interesting, you have to be able to cope with so many different styles.”
Many pundits simply don’t like the way Stoke City play football (pity for them), and they are certainly direct, and you could say, with complete and utter justification, they are much more direct than a team like Arsenal, as one example.
But Arsenal are also a very frustrating side to watch, and we sometimes sympathize with their fans, as Arsenal dominate games, but seem to miss so many chances, it’s often ridiculous they don’t win a lot more games than they do. They are just not direct enough.
And even when they are 4 goals up in a game they are not safe – sorry but i just had to mention that one!
Arsene Wenger must tell his players they cannot shoot until they have made at least 6 passes inside the penalty area, and we often wondered how many goals a player like Alan Shearer would score, if he had ever played for a side like Arsenal.
When Alan saw the goal he’d simply put the ball into the back of the net, so maybe he wouldn’t fit into Arsenal’s style of play. 😀
And it’s hardly surprising that Stoke get compared to Joe Kinnear’s Wimbledon side of the 1990s, who were more than a little unorthodox in the way they played.
“I can compare them to Wimbledon because that was my era and they had flair players in Dennis Wise, but their height and presence is their real power.” “That long throw Delap has makes it very difficult for you not to have some sort of plan to deal with it.” “You cannot just go out there and expect your team to deal with something like that.”
“It is honed, it is worked on and it is very competent.” “You have to be able to cope with that. What you can do it dictate the pressure of the game, that is key, because when that stadium is full with the noise it makes and the way they play if they exert too much pressure then one of those set-plays is going to cost you.”
“Being compared to Wimbledon is no slight on them. Speak to any Wimbledon player and they will say the same.” “They were brilliant at what they did and had great flair players in there.”
“Andy Thorn who was in there, I played with him at Crystal Palace and he was one of the best centre-halves I ever played with.” “When I was a player, we always won against the Crazy Gang which is why I can speak about them in glowing terms.”
“At Palace we played in a very similar way, but we received more credit because we had Ian Wright and Mark Bright at the time at top of the pitch.” “However, I do feel the referee needs to be strong at Stoke because the crowd can have a huge influence there.”
“The referee was poor in their game last Sunday against West Ham. His decisions were poor.”
It’s good and proper that Alan respects Stoke and the way they play, because they have been very successful in the three seasons they have been in the Premier League, since they were promoted back in 2008.
And they also get some great support from their fans at the Britannia Stadium, and the game today is a complete sell-out, and as usual Newcastle will have their full complement of fans to cheer the lads on this afternoon.
We are really hoping for a win, since we have only one of those in the last 8 games.
Howay The Lads!!
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