Newcastle have picked up three clean sheets in four PL games so far this season – and that’s not too bad at all.
Alan Pardew – we are not getting carried away
And we always remember Sam Allardyce targeting clean sheets when he was briefly at Newcastle, because the more clean sheets a team had, the higher up the league you would be, and Sam had the stats to prove that.
Pardew has to be pleased with the way his defense is playing so far this season, with Coloccini and Steven Taylor looking just great at the back for Newcastle.
It’s excellent to see Steven Taylor back in form again, and of course if he keeps playing like he is at the moment, there’s no reason why Fabio Capello cannot include him in the England squad.
We thought it was a very lucky point on Monday night, and couldn’t quite believe how QPR seemed to miss so many chances in that first half, but we suppose if you don’t have the good strikers you don’t score the goals.
But manager Neil Warnock will have been delighted that his side at least carved out some gilt edged opportunities, even if they didn’t put them away on the night.
Pardew talked about not getting carried away with the very good start to the season, and told this to the local Newcastle press corps today:
“I have had a period like this before and then not had another clean sheet for eight games, so it’s important to stay on it and not think we’re brilliant.”
“Or think that we can rely on the defense because they are brilliant.” “We need to control the game more, pass the ball better and threaten the goal.” (that’s so true)
“If we do that then we will find ourselves under less pressure. If we put the defence under as much pressure as we did on Monday night, it’s going to give.”
“I think it is important that we don’t get carried away with ourselves.” “We’re not, and I don’t see that in the staff or the players.”
“Nobody is by any stretch of the imagination.” “But I think that we remember and can be confident about the fact we are fourth in the Premier League because we deserve to be there.”
“We need to take that into the game. We need to show more exuberance than we did the other night at QPR.” “It’s more than even we hoped for.”
“If you want to finish in the top 10 of the Premier League then you need 13 clean sheets and we have put a big hold in that straight away.”
The best Newcastle can do, is to take the confidence they have, from what is the best start to a season at Newcastle since 1995, but realize also that we haven’t played particularly well in a lot of those games.
And, as Alan so rightly says, the lads have to take the game more to the opposition, and control the games more, and play with more exuberance.
If we see that tomorrow at Villa Park, we will be more than happy.