Can Alan Pardew Continue His Cup Success With Newcastle?

Alan Pardew has done well at the other clubs he has managed in Cup competitions and he’s been in a Wembley final  as a player too.

Alan Pardew while at Crystal Palace in 1990
He’s going to love me for showing this

In the 2006 FA Cup final at the Millennium stadium Alan was on the verge of winning it in 2006 when Steven Gerrard scored this fantastic goal in added time – actually in the 91st minute to level the scores at 3-3.

And Liverpool went onto win that game 3-1 on penalties.

And Alan took Southampton to the Football League Trophy final at Wembley in March of 2010 when they beat Carlisle United 4-1.

As a player Alan was in the Crystal Palace side as a central midfielder that drew 2-2 after 90 minutes and 3-3 after extra time at Wembley in 1990 and then lost the replay, also at Wembley, by 1-0 five days later.

Steve Bruce, Gary Pallister, Mark Hughes and Paul Ince were in the Red Devils side in those games, and it’s interesting that the shirt sponsors at the time for Crystal Palace were Virgin.

Alan has had some   success in the Cup competitions and we’re sure he’d just love to take Newcastle to Wembley this season, and so would we!

Here’s what Alan said today to the local press:

“For the likes of us, a team which is trying to grow, and teams which do not have the depth of squad to win the title – which we have not – it is a competition you have to go and try to win.”

“Ourselves, Everton, Stoke, Fulham, West Brom, all the way down – you look at those bottom sides and they are probably thinking, ‘we do not need a distraction of a Cup run’ but you still want that momentum.”

“For those clubs who feel they have good stability in the Premier League you will attack it with everything.” “It would be nice if it went outside the top six.”

“The stats are amazing and go to show when it gets to those final stages the top teams do focus on it because it is very important for managers of those clubs to win trophies.”

“Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea – winning the FA Cup for any of those managers reinforces their philosophy and takes them forward for the next year.”

Alan Pardew certainly didn’t start off his FA Cup career at Newcastle with any success.

We went down to Stevenage last January, and were beaten 3-1 there, for one of our most embarrassing defeats in the FA Cup ever.

So it would be nice to go on a decent run this time around, and Alan admits it was a bad day at Stevenage, which was again the last game of a very concentrated holiday schedule of games:

“I had to go into the squad and it was a bad night, don’t get me wrong.”  “The environment did not help, it caught us out, but there was also some benefits.”

“It taught me a few things about the squad. A couple of those situations I have now corrected.”

So we wonder what those situations were?

One thing Alan  mentioned at the time was that Tim Krul’s kicking in that game was not good, and it looked like open criticism of Krul which we didn’t ‘ particularly like at the time.

But of course Tim has come on in leaps and bounds under the new manager,  and is one of the best keepers in the Premier League this season with his excellent performances.

Newcastle will field their strongest possible  side today, but will be without both Demba Ba and Cheick Tiote, and we have to hope we can be in the hat for the 4th round draw.

With any luck Newcastle can have a good Cup run this year, and hopefully we can also start to climb that league table again, now we have our best side available – well  almost our best side.

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