The Newcastle players can look forward to a bumper crowd this afternoon, with the crowd expected to exceed 50,000 for the first time this season.
Alan Pardew – let’s hope he’s doing this today too
That’s partly because Newcastle have sold almost 4,000 additional season tickets with their cut price offer to existing season ticket holders, and it’s also because the lads are doing so well this season.
We had a crowd of over 48,000 in our last home game against Wigan, who are not usually a big draw, but that was a couple thousand more than at the previous home game against Spurs.
And if Newcastle can win this game today, they will go above Manchester United into second place, at least until the Red Devils play Sunderland later today.
Alan Pardew talked about two goals for the Everton game today:
“It’s a huge motivation to potentially go second,” “In my mind, there are a couple of goals for this game.”
“The first is to possibly go second, even if it is just for a few hours in the afternoon. And the second is for us to get to the Manchester City game unbeaten because I think that would be a real coup for us as a club.”
“That’s what we’re going to try to do.” “I haven’t raised my targets yet,” “I did say that ten games would be an indicator of what sort of team we would be, and I think that is a good barometer.”
“But because of the next month in front of us, perhaps it gives me a little bit more breathing space to find out. Now, we are obviously going into a run against the real quality sides in the division.”
“After that, I think we’ll know a little bit more. But we’ve certainly proven we are a decent side.” “The Geordies put the attendance at the ground high on their list of priorities and we’re thankful for that,”
“It means so much to them and that’s great.” “If we do get 50,000 in this weekend it would be fantastic. We’re trying to encourage that because I genuinely do think the players deserve it.”
“Whether we can back it up again on Saturday, I really hope we can.”
Newcastle must prove they are a good side by being consistent week in and week out, and if they can beat Stoke City away 3-1, then they should also be able to beat Everton.
But to do that the lads will need to be as good as they were at Stoke City, and that’s where the consistency comes in.
Newcastle have usually been slow in the first half this season, but that was not the case at Stoke, and we have to hope the lads will start today’s game on the front foot too.
With such a big crowd expected today, it will be a perfect time for the players to give the fans another win, and then we’ll all be in dreamland – well at least for the next two weeks. 😀
Howay The Lads!!