Newcastle face a tough trio of games coming up in the league, when they will visit the two Manchester clubs, and then have a home game against Chelsea over the next three Saturdays.
Alan Pardew – we don’t fear any side
Newcastle have won seven and drawn four of their first 11 games to have the best start they have ever had in the league, and anything but a defeat would make this the best start ever by a Newcastle side.
And rather being in any trepidation about the three games, Alan Pardew will have a game plan for how the Magpies can win each one of these games.
And with more than a week into the International break, Alan will have had plenty of time to work out how he will have the Newcastle side play ion each of the three games.
Alan does some serious preparation work for each game, in checking out the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition, and then putting a game plan together with those in mind, for how Newcastle can win the game.
One good example of that is when Pardew put together a game plan for the visit to Stoke City, when Newcastle got their first ever win at the Britannia Stadium, with a terrific display of guts and glory, and not a little skill to win the game 3-1.
Alan Pardew has come out today and said his players do not fear the next three rather tough opponents at all:
“Belief comes from results as much as anything.” “I genuinely think the team believe they can win every game we enter. We will go to Manchester City thinking we can win.”
“That is very important because every manager, I don’t care who he is, sets their team up to win, they have a tactical plan in place.”
“Players, though, have to believe because if there is not an inner belief you can win then the players after 25 minutes, 30 minutes, accept it is going to be a tough day.”
“Perhaps they start protecting themselves, come off the game plan and then it is usually a case of trying to keep the score down or make it respectable.”
“We are not doing that, we believe we can win, no matter if the (other) team scores two. We still believe we can win.” “When you actually look at our squad, I thought it was a lot stronger than people were giving it credit for.”
“Nevertheless, you still need breaks and you still need to gain wins at crucial times.” “The Sunderland game was a massive game for us and then the Wolves game, when we could have conceded a last-minute goal and when perhaps Wolves deserved to get something that day.”
“Purely because of work-rate, and we have the best defensive record in the league, all those things add up to where we are.” “Where we go from here is going to be down to momentum and injuries.”
Newcastle could almost be at full strength for the game at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, with Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye both standing a decent chance to start that game.
The game between the only unbeaten football league sides is rightly being televised live around the world, so it’s a great opportunity for the lads to show the world just how good a team Newcastle have this season.