Alan Pardew certainly seemed to know what Newcastle fans wanted from their side, when he signed on as manager a short 14 months ago.
Alan Pardew being interviewed after yesterday’s game
Not only has Alan done so well at Newcastle in such a short time, with the proof of that being Newcastle standing 5th in the league this morning, and above Arsenal and Liverpool, but he also has Newcastle playing good football.
And Piers Morgan, who was on the Chelsea – Manchester United Fox Sports broadcast over here yesterday, said that Newcastle had done just fabulously well this season, and what a turnaround it’s been for Newcastle over the last couple of years.
Piers also said Newcastle are playing good football too, and it’s not since Kevin Keegan was at the club in the 1990’s, that Newcastle have played such good attacking football.
That was a great compliment by the Arsenal season ticket holder, who wants Arsene Wenger sacked by the way, but we think Bobby Robson also had a decent Newcastle side that played good football and in the European Champions League too.
Alan Pardew talked about how he and the coaches stress the work-rate to the players:
“The work-rate is a feature of not just our team, our squad. We work hard every week trying to emphasise how important the work-rate in terms of in-possession, out of possession is.”
“We make sure the players know – we stick it on the board and make sure they can see each other, so if you are not quite up on those figures, all the other players are going to know, so you best put your performance in.”
“Little things like that all add up, but we have got a good discipline in that dressing room and a camaraderie that keeps us nagging away at the top of the division.”
“We are a big club and although a few pundits at the start of the season tipped us for relegation, I will let them decide where we are going to finish,”
“For us, it’s about Tottenham, and the one beauty of the result today is to go to Tottenham and let our hair down.”
“We will have a go and if we are beaten, we are beaten, but we will certainly try to go and win the game there.”
It was good yesterday to see Gabby Obertan, after he had lost the ball on the right wing, run back about twenty five yards and tackle the man in possession and put the ball out for a throw-in.
And that epitomized the work-rate Alan is talking about above, and Gabby got good applause from the crowd when he did that.
We don’t expect anything out of the game at White Hart Lane next Saturday afternoon, in a game that kicks off at 5:30 pm, and will be televised live around the world.
And then we have two weeks off before we meet Wolves at home, and fans will expect 3 points from that game.
It’s a good chance for this weakened Newcastle side, to see how they match up against what is probably the third best team in England at the moment, and the pressure will be on Spurs and not Newcastle next Saturday.