Alan Pardew has said today that Newcastle will be up against it at Blackburn tonight.
Alan Pardew – we are up against it tonight
Alan says that because he feels the home side always has the advantage in the Carling Cup, where there must be a result, and the game will go to extra time and then penalties if necessary, to get a winner on the night.
But obviously Alan is hoping also that his team can put in a good performance tonight, and if they can do that, they will have a very good chance of being in the quarter final draw to be held this coming Saturday.
Newcastle have never won the Carling (League) Cup, although they have won the FA Cup six times in 1910, 1924, 1932, 1951, 1952, 1955 – and three times in my lifetime in those fantastic five years in the 1950s, when we won it three times in a short five years.
Alan seemed to be a little cagey when he talked about the game to the Newcastle press today:
“In this competition they didn’t want replays, and I understand that and think it’s correct.” “The home draw makes it important.”
“It means that you don’t have to play well at home but can still be level.” “You then have extra time to put it right. After that you get the pens towards your own fans.”
“It’s all about being an advantage to the home team and we’ve not had home draws yet.” “So we are up against it.”
“If we can get through and get a home draw suddenly it all swings in our favour, no matter who the opposition are.”
Newcastle have been drawn away from home all three times in the Carling Cup this season, at Scunthorpe United, Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers, and who knows, if the lads can get through tonight, we may even get a home tie in the next round.
And whoever the opposition is that Newcastle get at home in the quarter finals, we must have a decent chance of winning that game, and the lads will be through to the semi-finals.
That’s what is possible, but first of all the lads must get through a tough game at Ewood Park tonight.
Howay The Lads!!