Alan Pardew wants to guard against over-confidence and complacency for the game tomorrow against 6th placed Tottenham.
Alan Pardew – guarding against complacency
And the surprising thing is that after 7 games, Newcastle are fourth in the league table and will want to stay there by the time the game finishes around 6:00pm tomorrow night.
Newcastle are still unbeaten this season, and the very least they will want to do tomorrow is to keep that unbeaten record against Spurs, who Newcastle almost beat in the same fixture last January.
But that was the time the lads were giving away last minute equalizers, and Aaron Lennon got a very late goal to tie the scores at 1-1, after a brilliant Coloccini goal after 59 minutes.
The Newcastle manager is certainly not getting carried away himself, and he freely admits he has yet to win over the Newcastle fans:
“I wouldn’t sit here and say I’ve won the fans over at this stage,” “It’s just important that I think they’re sensing that we have got a plan and we’re trying to put it in place, put pace in the team and play the game in a Newcastle manner. “
“We’ve had some tough moments, but it wasn’t a mandate to stay in the division last year, it was to build the club and try to take it forward.” “From my side, you look at your staff and you look at your players and there is a pride at what we have done so far, but that’s all.”
“Really it is just about the next game. We have had some attention these last couple of weeks, so we have had a chat collectively and said that we don’t act smug and don’t get carried away with it. It is very much hard work and honesty that has got us where we are.”
“That sounds a bit boring but it is the truth. There is a part of you that has to watch that complacency but you like to think the standards you set on the training ground look after that.”
“We don’t let anyone drift around in training or think that they have arrived, and if you keep on top of that, that keeps everything in check. Looking at the players on Friday, there was none of that going on.”
We’re simply amazed at how well the team has done so far this season, but we are having a hard time of it, believing the team are as good as they look.
Maybe that’s because of so many disappointments over the years, and of course the relegation is still far too fresh in our minds to know that anything can happen in football, as it can in life.
But a good performance and a win tomorrow will go a long way towards showing the fans that the team has indeed made massive strides, since Alan Pardew arrived last December.
That’s what we are hoping for tomorrow.
Howay The Lads!!