Alan Pardew quickly got used to a Newcastle – Sunderland derby game, as the game in January at the Stadium of Light was only Alan’s 7th game in charge of Newcastle.
Alan Pardew – I;m rally looking forward to this game
As we said a couple of days ago, a win would be fantastic tomorrow for Newcastle fans, a draw would be okay, and a defeat would be an absolute disaster.
Alan Pardew will be manager of Newcastle in his second derby game, and opposite number, Geordie Steve Bruce, will take charge of his third derby game, and Alan has talked today that the new players on Tyneside will not realize just how big a game this is, until shortly before the kick-off:
“Last season the stadium was alive and kicking and we certainly felt that. It just makes everything energized for a match like that, and I can’t wait for Saturday,”
“Obviously we know it will be ferocious for us, but as a manager if you cannot get too excited by these sort of games then you shouldn’t be in the job.”
“I cannot wait to start and I’m looking forward to us playing well.” “We’ve had a couple of ideas to try and indicate the passion around this game, to the new boys but you can’t replicate it really.”
“It won’t be until they are on the bus and we get within a mile of that stadium that they understand just what it is about.” “When you walk out and that first ball is about to be kicked in the derby then you know it is a different game.”
“Our players are looking forward to it, and on the training ground I have sensed a real belief in our squad that we can go out and perform well this Saturday.”
“Everyone is looking forward to the game,” he said. “We know we’ve got close to 3,000 fans going along. Last year they were magnificent and I have no doubt that they will be again.”
We look to the defense having a strong game tomorrow, and it looks like Ryan Taylor will keep his place at left back, and local lad Shola Ameobi will also start up front.
Shola usually plays very well against the old enemy, and we have to hope that Shola plays as well as he did in the game at St. James’ Park last October on Halloween day, when he scored twice and had a great game.
A win would be great for Newcastle fans and then we can hope and pray that the Newcastle hierarchy can get a couple of top players in next week.
Aly Cissokho and Modibo Maiga in by next weekend would be excellent.