Alan Pardew is certainly looking forward to the Chelsea game on Saturday.
Steven Taylor – in action at Old Trafford
This morning Alan said he didn’t think Chelsea would be looking forward too much to playing in front of a sell-out St. James’ Park, where 52,000 mad screaming Geordies will be roaring on their side.
It’s a big advantage for this team to play at home, because they get tremendous support from the fans, after they have done so very well this season, and who knows, the good times could well be on their way back to Newcastle.
Certainly it’s been a very good season so far for Newcastle fans, with just over a third of the way through the season, with 13 games played.
And the players will also be looking forward to playing again at home, where a win would take Newcastle 4 points about the London club, and at least in 4th position in the table.
Told that it will be a sell-out on Saturday, a confident Steven Taylor had this to say on the Newcastle web-site:
“So it should be as well,” “It’s down to the players to keep the punters there and we are doing the right job at the moment.”
“Hopefully they are enjoying the football that we are putting on, and getting behind the team and hopefully they will make it difficult for Chelsea by roaring us on.”
“It’s a big game and we want to carry on from where we left off against Manchester United last weekend.”
“We believe we can get the three points, and they will have to be careful of the attacking options we have because we have been fantastic going forward this season. We can definitely cause them some problems.”
Things are going really well at the moment, so it was a little disappointing to see Joey Barton blasting the Newcastle hierarchy again today, this time over bonuses in early pre-season.
What’s he trying to do – upset the apple cart?
Joey may be right about what he says, and it’s another blast at Ashley and LLambias, but that’s not the point, why does he keep criticizing the Newcastle hierarchy when he is no longer at the Newcastle club?
Certainly Newcastle have surprised a lot of us this season, big time, and after losing arguably four of our best players this year in Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton, who would have thought that Newcastle would be flying so high?
Somebody is doing something right at Newcastle United these days, and long may it continue.
Our advice to Joey would be to concentrate on QPR, since he’s now at the London club, and it would be a good thing to start laying off Newcastle United – even if what he says about Ashley and LLambias is true.
Joey Barton was great in his last two seasons at Newcastle, and we are very appreciative of that, but the club has now moved on, and that’s what Joey should do too.