Some surprise news today that Alan Pardew will play a predominantly first team, for tomorrow night’s game at Gateshead.
Alan Pardew – will play a first team tomorrow night
Pardew was hardly pleased with the defense yesterday, where the back four and the goalkeeper were prone to far too many errors, and all three goals were the result of some very poor defending.
And the manager now has two games, Gateshead tomorrow night and Fiorentina on Saturday, to get that defense ship-shape before the Arsenal game on 13th August, otherwise we will be al at sea (sorry about that one).
This is what Alan told the Newcastle press today:
“If our fans want to travel there, they’ll see a mainly first-team squad members who need another game.” “Mike Williamson will possibly need to play again, because he looks a little bit match shy.”
“It’ll be a decent side, and Haris Vuckic will play in that. It’s going to be a stronger team, and the first-team staff will take it.” ”It will be nice for Gateshead, and nice for our fans too.”
“But the aim is to be ready for the opener with Arsenal.”
Pardew was critical and also realistic about his sides’ very poor display at Leeds yesterday, and the game started with Newcastle looking very ragged, and Fraser Forster of course gifted Leeds their first goal after only 8 minutes.
The Newcastle manager continued:
“When you get a mistake like that for the first goal, it kind of sets the tone, and there were a lot of mistakes from us.” “Steven Taylor made uncharacteristic errors at the start of the game, and Jonas was a bit error-strewn.”
“I can’t really put my finger on that.” “We haven’t done a lot of training since the USA. I think the team wasn’t balanced. There were one or two in positions I wanted to look at – I was looking at a couple of things.”
“Tav found it difficult at left-back. Certain players are uncomfortable in certain roles, and some are very good in certain roles.” “Haris came on and did well again, so he’s pushed himself nearer the team.”
“Sammy Ameobi also came on and affected the game with his pace, so there were some positives.” “I think our focus will improve. We were a little bit unfocused, and that’s why we made so many errors.”
Two good points yesterday were the play of both 18 year-old Haris Vuckic and 19 year-old Sammy Ameobi, who’s looked good in the first team whenever he’s been given a chance.
But we have to look for a much more solid performance tomorrow night, and then a good display on Saturday against Fiorentina.
And then the lads should be ready for Arsenal, but surely we are going to sign some additional players this summer.
There have been four out and four in so far this summer, and other players such as Enrique and even Joey Barton could still leave before September 1st.
The Newcastle squad is still far too small, and that’s not an opinion, it’s an obvious fact.