We know as soon as Alan Pardew came in he worked with the defense on their shape before Alan’s first game in charge against Liverpool.
Alan Pardew – conducts intensive training sessions
And it seems like Pardew conducts some intensive training sessions, and certainly that seems to be playing off for the defense this season. Now to get even more intensive training sessions with the strikers we have at the club.
There seems to have been a big improvement with the Newcastle defense this season, and Danny Simpson thinks that’s because of Pardew’s training methods:
“When the manager came in, I think the shape of the team was the first thing that he wanted to sort out.” “He feels that everyone should know their job as soon as they step out onto the pitch, especially at the back.”
“We work together that much on the training ground that we know each other’s job inside out now.” “I know what Tayls is going to do before he does it, and I think the same is true of him with me.”
“We’re working off each other, we know what our role is, and watch videos back and discuss things as a back four.” “It seems to be working, but we’ve got to keep working at it because we’re really benefiting from keeping these clean sheets.”
“We’ve got a fairly small squad, but in a strange way, maybe that’s helping at the moment. Competition is good, but it can also be good for players to know they’re going to be playing week in, week out.”
“It means you can start putting partnerships together and working on them. If you’re playing next to the lad you played with the week before it can help in terms of working on your game.”
“It’s nice to have that closeness. We’ve got a small squad, but we also know it’s a long, long season. We’ve brought in a couple of players and hopefully we’ll have more than enough to get through.”
Pardew has concentrated on the shape and discipline of the side, and that was certainly important on Monday night, as Newcastle were under intense pressure in that first half, but the defense did keep their shape, and they did wonders not to concede a goal.
Aston Villa are also unbeaten this season, so it’s a match on Saturday afternoon between two unbeaten sides , and if we can just maintain that record at Villa Park, we’ll be happy enough.
If we win, there’s a danger we’ll be talking about Europe and all that stuff on Saturday evening.