Pardew Will Push Proceedings Against Swansea Tomorrow

Alan Pardew has come out today and said that he wants the Newcastle team to play with a high tempo tomorrow afternoon, when they host newly promoted Swansea City at St. James’ Park.

Mike Williamson – could he be a surprise starter tomorrow

And Alan also said that tomorrow’s game is important,  but so are all the four games through the end of this year:

“We want our tempo to be high and we want to be at full pace,” “We are going to have to be very patient against Swansea.”

“They can take tempo out of the game, and that’s something we don’t want to do. We are the other side of that.”

“We will expose ourselves at times because we want to push the proceedings,” “I’ll be honest, Brendan plays more of an open game than I do.”

“He expands the pitch a little bit more,  and therefore he encourages his players to keep the ball.” “They get you into a lull and then pick you off.”

“We know it’s an important game on Saturday, and it’s important period for us now through Christmas.”

” Swansea have defended very well and a team that plays like Swansea are likely to make an error and gift a goal.”

There are still some injury concerns for Newcastle with Coloccini,  Tiote and Mike Williamson all in full training yesterday, and any one of them could start tomorrow.

It will depend on how they looked yesterday in training, and how they train today, that will help Pardew decide which ones get the nod to start against Swansea, if any.

The newly promoted Welsh side have only 2 points from their seven road games,  but they did force a 0-0 draw at Anfield on Guy Fawkes Day, November 5th, so they can play well on the big stage.

Both Tiote (knee) and Coloccini (thigh) are only 50-50 for tomorrow, and it could be that if Colo cannot start the game, Alan Pardew will ask Mike Williamson to play at center-back and probably pair with James Perch.

At 6’4″, Mike is good in the air,  and the partnership last week at Norwich – Simpson and Perch – was not a good one and they were weak in the air.

And you have think Alan Pardew would never play that partnership again if he can help it.

If Tiote doesn’t make it tomorrow, and with Danny Guthrie (groin) and Dan Gosling both out (suspended for three games),  it seems the defensive midfield position is between 19 year-old Mehdi Abeid and 31 year-old Alan Smith.

And we’d  love the see the Frenchman make his Premier League debut tomorrow.

Of course Cabaye can also play defensive midfield,  so maybe Abeid could come in as the attacking central midfielder  tomorrow, and show what he can do for Newcastle.

But once the team is announced, it will give us a better idea of how we could fare against Swansea City, and with a full strength Newcastle side, we would expect to pick up all 3 points.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • toonarmy1986

    Dec 16, 2011 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #1

    What ever happened to Vuckic? He had so much hype but yet nothing to show for it. If he’s as good as they claimed he was then why isn’t he in contention when we’re so short?

  • Mc abaye

    Dec 16, 2011 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #2

    this is an absolute MUST win game, would like to c abeid get the nod over smith anyday!!!!! off topic i mentioned a few posts ago does anybody know about this kid weve signed called SAPHIR SLITI TAIDER???? cant get much info on him 🙂

  • Slank

    Dec 16, 2011 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #3


    Vuckic isn’t a pure midfield player. He plays, certainly in recent games, in an advanced role behind the main striker.

    Abeid is a midfield player and a very good one. From what I have seen, he is more than capable of holding down a place in the first team.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Dec 16, 2011 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #4

    hope Pardew DOSENT start smith he IS useless and will give away position all the time and will foul in dangerous Areas he IS useless

  • Klatoon

    Dec 16, 2011 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #5

    Eurosport’s run an article about us having made contact with lyon about Aly Cissokho,however its all in French so i didnt bother posting the link.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 16, 2011 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #6

    is that pardew admiitting we are not really a passing team.
    bad news for the likes of ben Arfa etc

  • Dannyo

    Dec 16, 2011 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #7

    We’ve signed a new talent eh?
    For the academy?

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 16, 2011 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #8

    we have also beenlinked with bordeaux center half michael ciani

  • The Shola Show

    Dec 16, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #9

    Klatoon, translated…

    Last summer, Newcastle had approached Aly Cissokho. According to L’Equipe, the Magpies could return to the attack with leaders Lyon on 1 January. OL, who needs cash, would have set the bar at 10 million euros (excluding bonuses) to assign the left side of 24.

    Purchased 15 million in 2009 in Porto, Cissokho is under contract until 2014. He is also on the shelves of Borussia Dortmund.

  • toonbrother

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #10

    Pardew is well spoken but being eloquent does not equate to being a good tactician. Since the injury crisis hit, every decision he’s made has been attrocious. If Colo and Tiote dont make it tomorrow i see us losing our third straight game for sure

  • markmac

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #11

    we could try this midfield behind 2 strikers tommorow, although it might be a little to attack minded maybe

    ———————ben arfa————

    what do we think, bit to brave?

  • Mc abaye

    Dec 16, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #12

    @dannyo yeah possibly another young gem maybe 🙂


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