Newcastle had a huge win last Saturday against Wolves but a win this Sunday at Villa Park will be just as big.
Alan Pardew – wants Newcastle to be resolute at Villa Park
One reason for that is that it will take Newcastle to safety from relegation on 42 points, and will also give Newcastle the double over Aston Villa this season, after Newcastle whacked them 6-0 in our first home game of the season.
In that game, Newcastle had about 8 chances and put 6 of them away, with Andy Carroll getting his first (and only) hat-trick for his home-town club.
Newcastle have 18 points (5 wins, 2 draws 7 defeats) in their 15 away games this season, and 21 points (5 wins 6 draws and 5 defeats) in their 16 home games at St. James’ Park.
So a win on Sunday will give Newcastle equal points both at home and away from home this season, and that shows excellent form on the road.
Alan Pardew had this to say on the Newcastle United web-site today:
“Apart from the Stoke game we have done well away from home,” “We have been very resolute, strong and controlled, and that’s how I want my teams to be away from home.”
“At home we can open up a bit more, but at any away ground in the Premier League, you can’t expect to open up and invite trouble. We will be controlled, disciplined and wait for our opportunities.”
“Villa have got good players, great players in areas – certainly in the front four with the likes of Stewart Downing, Ashley Young and Darren Bent,”
“Those guys all play for England, but they have good back-up and some very good players. Now the fight is on I expect them to respond to that, but we are a tough cookie at the moment and we won’t be easy to turn over.”
“They have got a threat in the forward areas, but have certainly struggled with conceding goals, and we have to capitalize on that.”
“They will be nervous, under a lot pressure, and we have to use that for ourselves. We’ve made life a bit more comfortable with our result against Wolves. We now need to make sure we are assured, and that we are fully focused on the game.”
If Newcastle can get the first goal on Sunday, that will make Aston Villa even more nervous, and Newcastle generally do well when they score the first goal.
The motivation for Sunday has to be that’s where the lad’s lost their final game in the relegation season a couple of years ago, and they can take some revenge for that dismal defeat.
Aston Villa, although on paper they have some top players, have hardly been playing well, and if Newcastle can put in one of their better displays at Villa Park, they could even take all 3 points on Sunday.
If they do that, there will be some celebrating going on in the Newcastle City Center on Sunday evening – that’s for sure.
And as Alan Pardew said this morning Newcastle will then start to make some moves in the transfer market.
In addition to that, the Newcastle hierarchy can also start the task of keeping Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and Jose Enrique on Tyneside, for say the next five seasons.
That will give the club some stability.