Newcastle’s capitulation on Saturday could become a useful thing if it never happens again to Newcastle this season.
Alan Pardew – we cannot switch off at Brighton
Whenever Newcastle have a good first half from now on, or when they are on top in any game, they should realize that the game is not won.
Sometimes bad things that happen to us turn out to be really good things in retrospect, and certainly if Newcastle can now go on a good run through the end of the season, we could even be pointing to last Saturday as a turning point?
That’s one positive way of looking at Saturday, but it’s always strange how bad events sometimes turn out to be good things in the larger scheme of things.
Here’s hoping. 😀
Newcastle are getting ready for the FA Cup in Tenerife in the Canary Islands, and Alan Pardew is now talking about that game:
“We can’t switch off like we did at Fulham.” “The FA Cup’s very important for this football club and always has been.”
“We want to do well in the cup. I’ve come close as a player with Crystal Palace, and a manager with West Ham United, so it’s a competition we are focused on.”
“It’s a tough game, but at least we can build on our first-half performance at Fulham.” “And again we know we mustn’t switch off like we did in the second half.”
The Newcastle squad will spend through tomorrow in the Canary Islands as they train, and get involved with some team-building exercises.
There’s some photos on the Newcastle web-site today of Mike Williamson and Shola Ameobi playing tennis together yesterday.
And there will be a golf tournament between the players and the coaches – and that’s not surprising – and they should have some decent golf courses in Tenerife.
It’s meant to be a relaxing break, but obviously the lads will keep fit and Alan Pardew and the coaches will be going over the game plan for how to beat Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday afternoon.
But it will not be an easy game, and it seems the gap between the Premier League and the Championship has become smaller over these last few seasons.
That’s shown by the fact that over the last couple of seasons the teams that were promoted have done very well – with Norwich and Swansea doing well this season.
If Newcastle got over confident against Fulham as they completely dominated the first half on Saturday, we’ll know if the same things happens in the first half on Saturday, there’s just no way Newcastle will lose their concentration.
If we can get through this game on Saturday, there’s no reason we could have a good run in the cup, because Newcastle have proved that in any one game they can beat any team in the land this season.