It seems that Alan Pardew is just like the Newcastle fans, in that he is waiting to find out just how good the team turns out to be this season.
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It seems that Alan has done more than a decent job of preventing the lads getting complacent and he has managed to prepare them well for most games this season.
But it seems to us the side has also carried a lot of luck in their games this season, and what happens when that luck goes solidly against the side? Do we collapse or do we come back fighting like the side of the last two years did, and the 4-4 Arsenal game last February was one of the best examples of doing just that.
It seems Alan Pardew himself is waiting to find out the answers to those question too, as he had this to say this morning
“I just genuinely think our points total of 12 from six matches suggests we’re kind of in no-man’s land really,”
“We’re kind of like, how good are we going to be? I think that’s a question that will be answered if we can get a result at Wolves. Perhaps the question goes to Tottenham, one of the top teams, at home.”
” How are we going to perform? Did we match them? Did we get lucky and get a win? Or did we actually dominate the game and were unlucky not to win?”
“I honestly can’t tell you how good we are. The signs I’m getting suggest we’re a good side.” “I think we’re a little bit more vulnerable,” . “Last year we were a functional team. We were a team who could get results. We could get goals at set-plays. We could eke a result out.”
“This team isn’t really like that. This team is more about rhythm. And there’s more things that can go wrong. Two or three lose confidence and it might not look the same.” “So it’s different. We’ve got all those battles to come. When we go down to ten men, can we still nick a result?”
“When things are really going against us – a penalty decision that was never a penalty, another goal straight after and we’re 2-0 down – how are we going to react?” “These are all different types of scenarios that could go wrong for us.”
“I think Wolves are just a tough team,” “They have to be because of the finance they have. Like us, you’re trying to buy the best players in the areas you’re working in, which they do. They’ve brought some great players to the club on small fees.”
“Whenever I see them win at home it never surprises me – whether it’s Man United, who they beat last year, or anybody. So it’s very, very important we set our stall out and we try to play the way we want to there, rather than get roped into what Wolves do.”
Alan Pardew is a sage manager and so much better than we had expected, and he seems to have a canny knack of saying the right things, so he keeps his players from getting carried away with things.
And we’ve noticed he’s an extremely good man-manager, and with the his comments this week on Carlos Tevez, he even seems to welcome the challenge of handling players who are difficult.
One case in point was last week when he said he expected some trouble with Ben Arfa, if the Frenchman wasn’t starting for Newcastle fairly soon. What that does is make the French International think twice if he gets frustrated, about knocking on Alan’s door, and the likelihood is he will now be less likely to complain if he doesn’t start soon.
And we we’ll have to see if Pardew can rescue the Newcastle career of Nile Ranger, which seems rather doubtful, but Nile played the full game for the Reserves last Wednesday night at Swansea. The Newcastle manager has said he would only play the 20 year old when he had buckled and was behaving in a more professional way, so maybe Nile has come to his senses, although that’s still a big maybe.
Newcastle take on Wolves, and like Alan Pardew himself, the Newcastle fans will find out more about the side this afternoon, and just how good they may be. With so many good players pressing for a starting position now, we have to hope that inspires the starting side to put in a very good performance at Molineaux
A win would be terrific.