Newcastle’s game plan on Monday night at Stoke worked a treat.
Alan Pardew – it worked – at the final whistle on Monday night
And you can bet that game will be used as a model for other sides who have to take on Stoke City, as they work out just how well Newcastle dealt with the aerial threat of Stoke City.
The Stoke style of play is always to get the ball into the penalty box whatever way they can, be it from those Rory Delap throw-ins or high centers into the box from free kicks, corners and in open play.
And that’s why they always like to play with a big physical center-forward like Peter Crouch last Monday, and wanted Andy Carroll a year last summer, and also have big former Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones also at the club.
Newcastle on Monday night had both Jonas Gutierrez and Gabriel Obertan working hard to help out the fullbacks Danny Simpson and Ryan Taylor.
And that seemed to work quite well as Jermain Pennant and Matthew Etherington didn’t see too much of the ball, and didn’t get too many of those crosses in.
The back four all played well last Monday, and were physical when they needed to be, and it’s now hard to see Davide Santon getting into the back four anytime soon, if Simpson and Ryan Taylor keep putting in performances like they did on Monday night.
Now the task is to get together a suitable game plan for the next tough challenge, which is Everton at home in an early 12:45 pm game on Saturday afternoon.
Newcastle would love to keep their unbeaten record prior to the International break, and that would set up a potential match between the only two unbeaten sides in the Premier League at Manchester City in just over two weeks time.
That’s assuming Man City remain unbeaten at QPR on Saturday afternoon.
Danny Simpson talked about the game plan Pardew and the other Newcastle coaches put together for each game:
“We had a game plan from minute one at Stoke, we stuck to it and it came off,” “If you ask teams when they go to Stoke, maybe they would take a point.”
“But when you look at the players we’ve got, and we knew our game plan.” “We knew if we stuck to that and coped with their main threat, which is the throw-ins and crosses, then we would have a chance.”
“When we got the chance to play it on the floor and pass it, we knew we had the players to score goals and it worked to a tee.”
“Sometimes you need to slow the game down and play the game how the opposition play it, like at Stoke.”
“I think it worked at Stoke and we move on.” “When you go to a place like Stoke, little things matter. You’ve got to be professional and use things to your advantage.”
“You play the game then you set up for the next one. Credit to the team, and the staff for the game plan on Monday. We took everything on board and now it’s all about the next one.”
We knew we were doing well at Stoke when Ryan Taylor started to use the towels from the ball boys, to dry the ball before his throw-ins. 😀
That’s something Stoke have become so proficient at – especially at the Britannia Stadium – so that’s one example of how Newcastle used things to their advantage on Monday night, and it was a terrific performance from our team.
Alan will be studying how Everton tend to play, and they always pack the central midfield, and try to gain control of the game that way.
So it will be difficult for our two central midfielders, who will probably first choices Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote, who should be fit again after his knee problems.
Pardew always seems to want to play with two strikers up front, so Cabaye and Tiote often have their work cut out for them, as the Newcastle manager very rarely plays with a 4-5-1 formation these days, especially at home.
But if we see every single Newcastle player give it everything they have on Saturday, as we saw on Monday night, the chances are good that Newcastle will be able to get something out of the Everton game.
It’s not a game we want to see Newcastle’s unbeaten record fall, because we then have a two week break, so a good result would be great, and even a point will keep Newcastle in the top three for another two weeks at least.
Things are looking up at Newcastle.
Howay The Lads!!