Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has admitted today that Newcastle have lost their focus at Stoke City.
Alan Pardew – we need to get our focus back
Unfortunately, with no games for two weeks both the fans and players have had to suffer the 4-0 humiliation for quite a while, 6 days and counting to be exact, but we are hoping the players will be back, somewhere near their best against Wolves, and get what would be a very welcome win indeed.
Alan Pardew has held full training sessions this week, and none of this stuff about giving the lads extra time off – but after losing their last two games in a row.
This is what Alan said today:
“The focus this week has really been on the first team, and we have been preparing as we would for a Saturday game,”
“On Thursday we did team play, like we would do as if we had a game on Saturday.” “We just felt that our focus slipped at Stoke last weekend, and we can’t afford for that to happen against Wolves. So we’ve had as normal a week as we possibly can.”
“Cheick Tiote is away on international duty and is suspended anyway, so that doesn’t really have any impact on us. Everybody else is here,”
“There’s one or two injuries which we are trying to clear up before next Thursday. It gives us a little bit of time with Enrique, Joey Barton and one or two others, just to make sure that they are 100 per cent.”
Fabricio Coloccini has said today that Alan has worked the team on some defensive plays, which seem necessary following the poor goals the lads gifted Stoke City, in what was otherwise a fairly close game, if the truth be told.
But Newcastle cannot start to give goals away to the opposition especially to sides like Wolves, who find it hard to score goals in the first place – they’ve scored just 35 goals in their 40 games this season.
And Wolves have only two wins and two draws on their travels all season, just 8 points, and 11 defeats in 15 road games, and we have to hope that will be 12 defeats after they finish playing Newcatsle at St. James’ Park a week tomorrow.