We’ll all learn just a little bit more about our Newcastle side today when the lads take on Manchester United at Old Trafford this afternoon.
Alan Pardew – wants to do better this week
And while we are bracing ourselves a little bit for a possible second successive defeat, Newcastle can still get something out of this game, if they play anywhere near their best form, and Manchester United don’t.
And Alan Pardew as usual is upbeat and he will be going for the win against his friend Alex Ferguson, whose been more than complimentary about the way in which the workaholic Londoner has resurrected Newcastle so quickly.
And it’s not beyond the Newcastle manager to plot Newcastle’s first win there since 1972 when the lads won 2-0.
This is what Alan said about the game last night:
“Last weekend, I learned that my players think they’re a good team” “Sometimes as a player, you go to these big games and think it would be nice to come out the other end, but that wasn’t the feeling in our dressing room afterwards.”
“There was a feeling we could have done better – there was a little bit of anger that we could have tried that little bit harder.” “It’s psychological as much as physical in games against top teams.”
“When you go to Manchester United and walk out of the tunnel with 76,000 fans screaming and all wanting the ball go in one way, it’s very difficult, and some find it difficult to produce their best performance.”
“We genuinely thought we could have done better last weekend – and it’s important that the players feel that. Training has been lively this week.”
“When you get a defeat, you look at everyone’s stats: Did they run enough? Did they work enough? Did they pass the ball enough? And you put it all up for the players to see.”
“But there’s a work ethic here that we expect and that we need to take and improve upon.” ““I’ve always been involved in teams trying to fight against the tide and that’s what we are going to do.”
“We’ve got to swim that bit harder and work that bit harder.” “I think there was genuine disappointment at City because we felt we could have done better and we proved in the second half we could have been better than first half.”
“We were more than a match for them in the second half and we need to take that to Manchester United.” “There were a couple of tactical things to do differently and individually we can work harder, and will have to work harder against United.”
“The fact they are smarting after a disappointing Champions League game and have a bit of catching up to do to City, means this game is a big priority for them.”
“We have been studying them over the last two weeks and they are still a massive force and the odds are stacked against us.”
Tiote and Mike Williamson will miss the game and ti also seems that Leon best is doubtful, so all being well Danny Guthrie will continue in central midfield, Ben Arfa is now very likely to keep his place up front playing just behind Demba Ba.
And Pardew has to choose between Sammy Ameobi and Gabriel Obertan on the right wing, but both are good players in form.
We fully expect that the Newcastle manager to keep an unchanged defense, although he may spring a surprise and bring in Italian full-back Davide Santon, who apparently has been impressing in training recently.
A point would be great this afternoon, and a win would send us into orbit, make that back into orbit.
Howay The Lads!!