The Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is today calling on Newcastle fans to make the difference at St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon, against the old enemy Sunderland.
Howay The Lads!!
As soon as Alan arrived on Tyneside 15 months ago, he knew all about the Newcastle history and especially the fans.
And maybe he just read up on the club for a couple of days beforehand, and there’s information all over the place nowadays, but when he came on Tyneside he appeared to know an awful lot about Newcastle United – and that was good.
And it’s not the first time he’s asked the fans for their full and patient support in a big game, and of course he did the same thing when Premier League Champions Manchester United came a calling on 4th January, and our lads blew them away with a terrific team performance.
And there is no game bigger every season at St. James’ Park than to welcome Sunderland – and then blow them away – and that’s what we did last season when we hammered them 5-1 in the same fixture.
But it will not be an easy game, and new manager Martin O’Neill has out respect and he knows what he is doing, and Martin will have his well prepared to deal with things on Sunday.
Alan Pardew has said this today to the local Newcastle press corps:
“I genuinely feel our fans are the most important factor of the game, I hope they turn up – more in celebration than anything else.”
“What I mean is in celebration of the season we’ve had.” “There was the disappointment of Wolves, but we’re 10 points ahead of Sunderland. It is a great position to be in – and we want to cap it by trying to win the game.”
“We are going to need our 12th man.” “Our fans will have to be absolutely buzzing on the day.” “When we went to Sunderland they made it difficult for us that day.”
That was on 20th August and it was only our second game of the season after we had drawn the first game 0-0 against Arsenal at St. James’ Park.
And of course it was that great Ryan Taylor goal in the second half that got us all three points that day, and the Newcastle manager thinks that win was so important for his team:
“It showed the character that we had.” “It came so early in the season and it was a great lift for us.” “We were a new team and a lot of players hadn’t played in the Premier League.”
“We are very much aware of how much it means to the fans,” “I hope they create the atmosphere that will give us the platform to win the game.”
“For the likes of Cabaye it was his second game, and it was just a massive result for us.”
It’s all about pride and passion on Sunday, and that’s why Newcastle need the win to achieve the double against Sunderland for the first time since 2006.
That’s the major aim of this game, although 3 points will come in handy to get us 13 points ahead of Sunderland, that sounds really good, and keep us in 6th place in the league table still chasing Chelsea and Arsenal.
Howay The Lads!!