Alan Pardew is resisting getting too carried away with Newcastle’s good start to the season, with four wins in their seven games so far and three draws.
Alan Pardew a win today would signal great start
But he has said today that if Newcastle can best Blackburn Rovers at home today, a good start could become a great start.
Overconfidence is never good of course, and once our players become too cocky, we’ll likely be taken to the cleaners.
And every single team in the Premier League have to be taken seriously, and the statement that there are no easy games may be a bit of a cliche, but it’s also close to the truth.
This is what the Newcastle manager said today:
“I think a good start becomes a great start if we win against Blackburn,” “Our performances and the points total so far have been decent. There’s been one or two games where we haven’t functioned that well, but we’ve still managed to get through them with our resilience.”
“But we need a bit more than that and if we got a good win against Blackburn, that would be a really good start. It would still just be a start though.”
“Whichever player we put in the team, they seem to have a bit of form and confidence about them,” “We’re ahead of schedule in terms of what we feel is where we should be. That’s about integrating the team and getting points on the board.”
“I look at the team on the training ground and there’s real confidence running right the way through it. That’s been buoyed by the results. It all inter-links.”
“I’m sure there will be a crisis at some point,” “The Premier League is a league where, if you’re not on your guard and you start thinking you’re a good player or a good coach, it quickly comes back and bites you.”
“We have an internal competition with some of the staff to predict the Premier League results, and last weekend I didn’t get one right. I’m supposed to have some insight about who’s playing and who isn’t.”
“It starts getting a bit more predictable after Christmas, but at the minute we’re in that period where you don’t really know.”
All that Newcastle should be concerned with is to go into every game well prepared and with a game plan to win the game.
That was obvious last Saturday, when Newcastle were 1-0 down at Villa Park at half-time, but again were the better side in the second half, and went close a few times towards the end of that game to getting the winning goal.
With Blackburn next up today at St. James’ Park, and after three consecutive away games since Newcastle beat Fulham 2-1, the lads have an excellent chance to show the Newcastle fans what they are made of, and we already know there is terrific competition for places in the starting eleven.
A win would be good today, but on second thoughts we think Alan is right, and a win today could signal a great start to this season.
If that happens the team will be in 4th place for at least another week, and maybe even 3rd place.