Alan Pardew believes his new Newcastle team are starting to get the respect they deserve.
Alan Pardew – Newcastle getting more respect these days
Of course any more five goal humiliations that we have recently suffered at Fulham and Tottenham could change all that, but when Newcastle have their best eleven out, they are usually a match for any side in the Premier League.
Newcastle have a fantastic 42 points from their 25 games so far this season, and we’ll be up to 45 points with a win tomorrow against Wolves, and that has to be the goal for this Newcastle side.
European competition could be difficult to achieve this season, because the winners of the FA Cup could be one of those sides beneath Newcastle in the Premier League, and that would mean that we would need to finish in 5th place to qualify for the Europa League.
And that has to be the real target through the end of this season – qualifying for Europe – make no mistake about that.
Only Chelsea and Tottenham are still in the FA Cup, and it would take a win by one of those London clubs to make 6th place a qualifying position for the Europa League next season – so it could be very difficult if Tottenham or Chelsea don’t win the Cup.
Alan thinks Newcastle are now getting some respect from the other teams:
“I have noticed a different attitude towards us,” “There is a definite feeling of ‘This is a good side we are playing against, we have to be on it’. Spurs were very much there, you could sense that.”
“They came out to show us. They know we are a good team and they were going to try to rip into us but I think other teams who have not got the power of Spurs are going to come and be resilient against us.”
“Wolves will be that and I expect the game after Sunderland to be like that. So we have to make sure we are good enough to find a way through and not be exposed to the break.”
“It is a compliment but I think you would look at us and say we have some match winners and if you have match winners in your team, you have to be on your guard.
Last time out Harry Redknapp and his players were definitely a little concerned about Newcastle, but the London side started the game like a steam train and were 4-0 up in 34 minutes, so when Newcastle don’t turn up for games these days that’s what we should expect.
Anybody watching Newcastle play Manchester Untried early in the year will have seen a team that simply outplayed the Premier League Champions and in Demba Ba Newcastle had a player that Manchester just couldn’t handle at all.
We’re hoping the lads can show some of that form tomorrow, and if we can then we can take all 3 points against Wolves – and that would be a good start at recovering following that 5-0 demolition.
Then we’d have to smash Sunderland in the next game to get that goal difference improved.