In his press conference yesterday Alan talked about the league game tonight at Ewood Park against Blackburn Rovers.
Alan Pardew – let’s hope he does this tonight
Alan talked about the transfer window and that he was hopeful of keeping all his top players, which we did, and then he became animated talking about the Yohan Cabaye violent conduct charge, and Pardew thinks it was nothing of the kind.
We should hear the verdict from the FA hearing in London very soon this morning, but we don’t have high hopes it will be overturned, and we expect a three match ban to be handed down.
Neither of our two top strikers will play tonight, as Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse couldn’t make it back in time to be ready to play tonight, because Alan said they had commitments with the Senegal federation.
Alan was asked if he was confident about the game tonight at Blackburn:
“We are confident in so much that the performance at Brighton was a good performance in terms of physically and our technical stats,”
“It was a game we would have won normally – there were enough chances there.” “The only criticism was what I spoke about after – that we should have perhaps put a bit more percentage ball in the box.”
“And then we would have created a couple more.” “I think that is something we can correct at Blackburn.” “I think Steve Kean has done a terrific job just lately with that team,” said Newcastle’s manager.”
“They are a lot stronger and better than they were when we’ve played them before, and it’s going to be a tough game.” “I think they’ve got stronger and you have to admire him for coming through what was the eye of a storm at that time.”
“Now it will be the second half of the season and trying to keep the team in the division, and I hope he does.”
Blackburn have won two and drawn two in their last five league games, so it will not be easy at Ewood Park tonight, and as Alan points out Blackburn are a much better side than the one we beat 3-1 at St. James’ Park on 24th September.
That was when a certain Demba Ba scored his first goals ever for Newcastle, and notched a terrific hat-trick.
We’d love a win tonight, but we cannot see that happening, but a draw would be okay and then we can smash Aston Villa on Sunday with Ba and Cisse starting that game up front for us – hopefully.