Alan Pardew has issued a rallying call to his players to have Newcastle United still in the top four by Christmas.
Alan Pardew - hoping for all 3 points tomorrow
Alan Pardew has gone out of his way to make sure his players don’t get carried away too much, with their high position in the league.
But would you believe it, Ryan Taylor has said this today to the local press:
“The manager asked us to imagine what a great feeling it would be to still be in the top four on Christmas Day when we sit down for our dinners.”
So when this was pointed out to him, Alan was careful not to raise expectations too high, after Ryan had spilled the beans, so to speak:
“We’re into December, and still in there.” “Even if it’s a draw tomorrow, I don’t think anybody can get above us.”
“That wouldn’t be the worst result, but our 52,000 fans will be our 12th man urging us on and giving us an advantage – and we feel like we can win it.”
“Chelsea are miles ahead of us in terms of squad size and funding, but it’s about the team – that wins and loses games – and we’ve got a strong team.”
“Where we finish is still a mystery to me.” Yet Pardew did concede that Chelsea are a side that are living on their nerves at the moment.”
“They’ve had a tough spell, and their spirit will be tested.” “It’ll be important we don’t give them a leg up with an early goal or a mistake as Wolves did last week.”
“Then you’ve got a different beast to deal with.” “They’ve got some great players – Lampard, Terry and Drogba are powerful players – and they roll off the tongue.”
“We’ve got to put everything to one side and focus.” “The mood in the stadium, and the form that we’re in, evens it up.”
Pardew has been very good at keeping the players’ feet firmly on the ground this season, and he has been excellent in the way he has prepared the team for each game, with a specific game plan on how to win.
A draw would be a good result tomorrow, but with St. James’ Park very likely to be jumping with a sell-out crowd the fans will be urging the team on to do better than they did last year in the same fixture.
In that game, Newcastle got a 1-1 draw with Andy Carroll scoring the first goal after just a few minutes after a bad mistake in the Chelsea defense by Alex.
We have to hope we have a similar start in tomorrow’s game.
That happened on 28th November, and it turned out to be the last home game that Chris Hughton was manager of the club, and in the next home game, with Alan Pardew having been drafted in, Newcastle beat Liverpool 3-1 a short two weeks later.
But Chelsea are a good side, with some very good players, and they have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on their current squad.
However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Newcastle will not be the better side tomorrow and even get the win.
That’s what we are hoping for.
Howay The Lads!!