Alan Pardew has done remarkably well, in his short ten months on Tyneside.
Alan Pardew – Newcastle fear nobody at home
And Alan has certainly created the side in his own image since he arrived, and the Newcastle defense is now being talked about as one of the best in the Premier League – and that’s another big shock for most Newcastle fans. 😀
Kevin Keegan created a wonderful Newcastle side in the 1990s, who were rightly called The Entertainers, and they played great attacking football, but nobody ever accused Kevin’s side of being strong in defense.
But since this Newcastle team returned to training on July 1st, Alan Pardew and the other coaches at Newcastle have worked tirelessly with the back four and goalkeeper, and the results are clear for all to see.
The defense is much better than last season, when it was often an Achilles heel for the club, and they now are very well drilled, and so far this season goalkeeper Krul, captain Coloccini and the resurgent Steven Taylor have been star performers at the back for the Newcastle side.
And certainly Alan Pardew has made it clear that his players fear nobody, with Manchester City and Everton being the only teams to beat Newcastle United on Tyneside so far in Pardew’s tenure.
This is what Alan said on the official Newcastle web-site today:
“I think at home, we don’t really fear anybody,” “We didn’t last year, when we had different characters in the dressing room – Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan – don’t carry that fear.”
“But we’ve got a different side this year and their lack of fear comes from the run that we’ve been on and the confidence they have in each other.”
“We look, on the training ground, a confident team, and that always is how you want to go into a game – in a real confident manner, and that’s where we are at the moment.”
“I think at home, Harry’s bright enough to know that we’re a force whatever team runs out for Newcastle,” “But particularly this year, we’ve been strong at home.”
“I think we’ve won a couple of games quite comfortably but this is a much sterner test.” “But I do feel that they will certainly be making provisions to stop us doing what we do well, and we will be doing the same for them.”
Newcastle have six wins and three draws in their nine games so far this season, and while Tottenham will be a stiff test on Sunday afternoon, no doubt about that, our lads will go into that game full of confidence and will play their hearts out, as usual.
Most Newcastle fans were pleased to see that Mark Lawrenson came out in favor of a Spurs win, so that must give Newcastle a very decent chance of victory.
But there’s no doubt that Tottenham are the best side Newcastle have faced so far this season, so we’ll have more of a measure of the side following Sunday’s game.
A win would be fantastic, but if our lads give it their all, as we expect they will, we’ll be happy enough, whatever the result.
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