Newcastle play Fulham tomorrow, and that will be a tough home game for Newcastle.
Alan Pardew – both teams will use 3 subs tomorrow
We were really hoping on Thursday evening that the lads could win the game in the 90 minutes at Scunthorpe, and they should have, but that extra 30 minutes of extra time could see some of our players a little sluggish tomorrow.
Of course Alan brought in about six new players for the Carling Cup tie on Thursday evening, and some players will return on Sunday fresh from the rest, but not many.
Dutchman Martin Jol took over Fulham in the summer, and of course he was a manager most Geordie fans were hoping would get the Newcastle job last December, especially when he suddenly resigned from Ajax, just a day after Chris Hughton was fired.
But it was not to be, and Alan Pardew was the surprising choice as new manager, but now the two will go head to head tomorrow, and Newcastle need the win to lift the spirits of supporters, after losing Joey Barton yesterday.
This is what Alan Pardew said about the game tomorrow:
“From what I have seen, sometimes the results do not reflect the performances.” “Fulham’s performances have been very strong and they have very good players. They will have another strong season.”
“They are a good defensive unit and they are playing a little bit more expansively under Martin Jol, so that is a little tweak on their style. We are tweaking our style a bit as well.”
“We have not got it as I want it yet, but Yohan Cabaye probably had his best game on Thursday night and was starting to influence things for us and making us look a bit different.”
“I think both managers, myself and Martin, will be looking at our side and looking for fatigue around the 60, 70-minute mark and maybe we will need to freshen the team up.”
“I think we will both use 14 players.” “You have to remember it is a squad game in the Premier League and the other competitions you are in.”
“Our squad has come through with flying colours in the first three and now we have a big game tomorrow.” “I think we had it a lot tougher at Scunthorpe than Fulham did against Dnipro. I have not seen their game, but I am guessing that.”
“You have seen lots of Premier League clubs in the Carling Cup go away and struggle and a lot of them have been beaten. We could have been beaten.”
It would really lift the spirits of Newcastle fans if we can get our third successive win tomorrow, and that will bode well for the future.
And after the game tomorrow, Newcastle will have a short three days left to get new players into the club, and we’ll just have to wait and see who comes in, and then on Thursday we’ll take a look at how we really did in the transfer window.
But a win tomorrow is looking very important for Newcastle.