Newcastle have made a great start to the season, but a lot of us are wondering whether that’s because of good play or just good luck.
Alan Pardew – try to win every game
It’s likely to be a combination of both, and today at Villa Park the lads have an opportunity to get the season off to an even better start, if they can collect all three points.
To date, this is the best start Newcastle have made to a season since the heady days when Kevin Keegan was managing the club, back in the 1995-1996 season.
That’s the season when Newcastle were 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League in December, but still finished in second place the following May to ……… Manchester United.
Second place these days is almost unattainable for Newcastle in the Premier League, unless a Billionaire buys the club, and is also willing to invest big money into Newcastle, but that’s extremely unlikely.
But at least the attitude of the Newcastle side again is to try to win every game, and that’s good because with some managers like Sam Allardyce, as just one example, they go out to try to draw the tough games away from home, and that just limits the number of points you play for in a season.
If Newcastle had that attitude, they would never have beaten Arsenal and Everton away last season.
It’s never going to happen to win every game we know, but the game plan should be one that can win the game, and not just draw it – that’s the major point.
Alan Pardew talked about winning games today:
“What is important is that every Premier League team we play against, we go in there with the belief we can win with the players we have got,”
“The game plan will be slightly different against Villa because different players give you different types of problems, but we are going there thinking we can win.”
“That is always the most important thing, regardless of what “division” they are in in the Premier League.” “I do not really think about them too much and where they are in the league.”
That’s even though we’re probably competing against teams like Aston Villa to a certain extent.”
Of course you have to be realistic is what the “experts” will always tell you. And therefore if you are 4-0 down after 26 minutes, the very last thing you think about, if you are realistic, is winning the game.
And that makes my point completely, because Kevin Nolan almost scored the winner against Arsenal in injury time in that game in February, which finished in a 4-4 draw.
At 4-0 down against Arsenal, that’s when the English commentators talked about that damage control nonsense – which is saying – we are hopeless and we are getting creamed, so let’s just hang on and try to keep the score down to a respectable level.
Good job Newcastle didn’t think that way back in February.
There’s no doubt it will be a a tough game this afternoon at Villa Park, but there again Newcastle have never played really well in a whole game this season.
And if they can do that this afternoon, they can win the game.
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