Alan Pardew believes the next three game Newcastle will play are extremely important.
John Carver and Alan Pardew supervise training
Those games are at home tomorrow against Wigan Athletic, at Blackburn Rovers in the 4th round of the Carling Cup on Wednesday night, and then at Stoke City on the following Monday, which just so happens to be Halloween.
That’s the day last year when we hammered Sunderland 5-1 at St. James Park, and glad I could have a decent reason for mentioning that again. 😀
The first two games are against sides who are the bottom two clubs in the Premier League at the moment, so Newcastle will be expected to win both games, but Stoke City away is always a difficult game, and they hammered us 4-0 in the same fixture last season.
After the Stoke game, Newcastle face Everton at home, Manchester United and Manchester City away, and then Chelsea at home, on successive Saturdays, and it may be difficult to get too many points out of those four games.
If we are still in the top four after the Chelsea game, it means that Newcastle will have done fantastically well against those top sides.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, whose star is now rising rapidly on Tyneside, talked about the next three games to the local press today::
“We want to win them all, starting with Wigan.” “It’ll give ourselves a little bit of freedom to attack the top teams.”
“We’re all looking forward to those games, and these are more important, without a shadow of a doubt.”
“It’s obvious that we’re playing a team that’s not in the greatest run of form.” “The crowd will be expecting us to win. I think that’s dangerous because a stray pass might be treated with a few jeers.”
“That might unsettle us, and we need to cope with that. There are some tests for the team, and how we handle that. Do we play with the same intensity?”
“Do we play with the same concentration levels? If we do, we win.” “I just felt we upped the tempo a little bit in the second half last Sunday.”
“Sometimes with those games on live TV, you get a little bit nervous, and I thought we were a little bit nervous in the first half, and a little bit apprehensive about how good Tottenham were.”
“Once we got over that, and got that out of our minds, we dominated the second half, and we perhaps could have won it.”
The Wigan game will again be televised live around the world as the previous game was, , and with performances like last week, we have to believe Newcastle are getting new fans with their exciting and courageous play.
What separates the good teams in football from the rest, is that their intensity is high in every game, including those they are expected to win easily.
Newcastle have hardly been good at playing the weaker sides over the last few years, but when they meet the big teams, they nearly always play well and even seem inspired.
So it is really a chance tomorrow for the lads to show they are becoming a good team, by playing with the exact same intensity against Wigan, as they showed last week against Spurs.
What do you think?