Alan Pardew set a target of 3 points for the three games against the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea.
Cheick Tiote – still a doubt for Saturday
And we can even get a second successive defeat at Old Trafford and then beat Chelsea at St. James Park to meet Alan’s target, but it would also be good to get back on another unbeaten run.
Alan Pardew told the Newcastle press today and talked about last Saturday’s defeat:
“I would not say it was one to enjoy, for us it is about getting back on the unbeaten run and looking for the result we need to do that.”
“They had a difficult night against Benfica in the Champions League.” “We need to maximize everything we can at Old Trafford – we have to make them work hard for anything they get.”
“It is a difficult-looking game but so was Manchester City and we created chances there.” “With more fortune this time we will see what we can produce.”
“I don’t need to speak about Sir Alex Ferguson – what he has achieved speaks for itself.” “City are ahead of them in the table and won there recently and that will have hurt them as you can understand.”
“Sir Alex probably will not be happy we lost to Man City, as determined as we all were to get a result.” “However, we go to Old Trafford as determined to get a result for our fans.”
“I expect Obertan will be back, Cheick is also still doubtful, but we still have good spirit in the camp.”
It may be a good time to meet Manchester United, and Ferguson walked out of the post-game press conference, when reporters asked quite rightly whether this side were struggling, after they could only draw 2-2 with Benfica on Tuesday night.
And the defense again looked a little dodgy and gave away two bad goals, and now Manchester United need a point in their last Champions League Group C game against Basel to ensure qualification for the knockout stages.
After reaching three finals in the last four years it must be a scary though they will not make the knockout round.
It’s a big surprise that Cheick Tiote is still a doubt for Saturday, as we thought he would almost certainly be back, but Alan may be playing some mind games with Alex, since Tiote will make a huge difference for Newcastle if he can make the game.