Alan Pardew had his press conference for the Blackburn Rovers FA Cup tie yesterday, although most of the questions were about the fabulous performance on Wednesday evening, which is still getting headlines around the football world.
Leon Best – could get chance tomorrow afternoon
But Alan seemed to have moved on from what he said was probably the best performance from his Newcastle team since he arrived on Tyneside thirteen months ago, but the only thing on his mind was that the Newcastle team had to perform on Saturday against Blackburn.
Newcastle will be without two of the top players on Wednesday evening in Demba Ba and Cheick Tiote, but Alan seemed confident that players like Leon Best could come in and get the job done during the five or six games those two top players will be away at the African Cup of Nations.
Alan said that Leon Best looked very sharp when he came on for Shola Ameobi after 75 minutes against Manchester United.
The Newcastle manager was down to earth and he said it would be difficult with such a short turnaround to get his players ready for tomorrow’s important game:
“We want the same intensity and the same level of performance against Blackburn”
“It’s important that we don’t rest on our laurels and we get get that every week”
“I keep saying to my players in the dressing room that wee’re a big club and we must expect to win every week.”
“That’s what we are paid for and that’s how we’ve attacked most games this season.”
Blackburn Rovers beat Newcastle 4-3 in the Carling Cup, which was a competition Newcastle had identified as one they could win, and it will not be good if the Blackburn side eliminate us from both local Cup competitions this season.
We should be able to beat Blackburn tomorrow, but it will not be easy even with Blackburn so low down in the league, because they still play all out every single game, as witnessed when they beat Manchester United 3-2 at Old Trafford last weekend.
And we visit Ewood Park on Wednesday February 1st in the league, and hopefully starting with QPR at home a week tomorrow, we can start a good run to try to get ourselves back climbing the league table.
But first things first, and it would be great to reach the 4th round of the FA Cup, and hopefully get a home tie, and if we can get that we can beat anybody at home.
Does Wembley beckon this season?