Newcastle continued to pile up the point in the league yesterday with a hard fought 1-0 win against Wigan at home.
Alan Pardew – wants to win something on Tyneside
Alan Pardew said it would be a tough game and he was right, and after 5 defeats on the trot before yeaterday’s game, you have to give credit to Wigan, for the way they came with a plan to attack Newcastle, and were the better side in the first half.
Wigan had their chances in yesterday’s game, and we could see why they have only scored once in their five away games in the league, as their strikers squandered the chances.
But Newcastle made it through to half time at -0-0, and when that happened you always have a decent chance with Newcastle, and so it was yesterday, with Ben Arfa coming on for Leon Best, and Newcastle looked much better.
And the Newcastle side were patient, and waited until the 81 st minute for the winning goal, which was a beauty from Yohan Cabaye, and his first for the club.
Next up for Newcastle is a tough trip to Blackburn on Wednesday night, and a win in that game will see Newcastle through to the last eight of the competition.
Alan Pardew has talked before about trophies – those are things we haven’t won since way back in 1969.
And while he will bring in some fringe players at Blackburn, he will want to field a team that can win that game, and it would be sad if Newcastle lost because they played nowhere near their best side.
Blackburn are struggling already with relegation and are likely to field their strongest side, as relegated sides West Ham and Birmingham did last season, and both reached the semi-finals of the competition.
Indeed Birmingham are now in the Europa Cup for winning the Carling Cup last season, and are doing well under new manager Chris Hughton.
This is what Alan Pardew said today about winning a trophy:
“It’s unbelievable this club hasn’t won a trophy for so long. I want to change that,”
“When I arrived here with the size of the club . . . if I left here and hadn’t won a trophy there would be part of me that would be disappointed.”
“Because I feel potentially we can, it’s big enough to.” “We’ve got the crowd, we’ve got the finance, if we can get everything right – and we’ll need to get everything right, with a bit of luck – there’s a chance.”
“I was disappointed at West Ham I didn’t win a Cup, so why shouldn’t I be disappointed here?” “That’s how I’m thinking. I’ve been at Wembley, I’ve won at Wembley – it’s a bloody nice feeling.
The Carling Cup this season is our best chance to win something, so we’d like to see a strong side on Wednesday evening, but that doesn’t say Newcastle cannot play good players like Steve Harper, Davide Santon, Sylvain Marveuax, Dan Gosling and Ben Arfa at Blackburn, since these players all need a game.
Here’s the side we would start:
Santon Coloccini Taylor (S) Taylor (R)
Marveaux Gosling Guthrie Guetierrez
There’s 7 changes to the side that started the game yesterday.
What do you think, and what’s your team?