Alan Pardew will get some idea of who the really big players for Newcastle are in the red hot derby game against Sunderland.
Yohan Cabye – big player for Newcastle tomorrow – can he deliver?
Alan Pardew may be employing some psychology with his players for tomorrow’s game against Sunderland, as he says he will find out who can perform in a massive game like it is tomorrow afternoon against local rivals Sunderland.
This is what Alan said yesterday:
“You have to be able to play under pressure. If we’re going to do anything as a club in terms of winning a trophy or getting into Europe, we’re going to have to play under pressure.”
“This is a pressure game and it will tell me a lot.” “Who handled the occasion, who got wrapped up in it? When we played them last time, I thought as great an atmosphere as Sunderland created and as good a pressure as they created – I thought they played well on the day.”
“We kept calm and kept our heads. Ultimately that won us the game and I’ll be looking for more of the same on Sunday.” “Had we not done as well at the Stadium of Light would we still have had the same season? Possibly not.”
“I’m not sure Yohan Cabaye would have settled as well as he has because he struggled in that game.” “I thought he had probably his least effective game for us because the intensity of the game passed him by.”
“That was a great learning experience for him.” “Would any of them have settled as quickly? Would we have been able to bounce back from a defeat against Sunderland? I honestly don’t know, but I’m sure it would have made it more difficult.”
There’s a good reason that Alan is saying that Cabaye was not effective in the first game, first of all it’s the truth, and the second reason is the Newcastle manager will hope that Yohan comes out tomorrow and shows the great form we know he is capable of in what is a huge game.
Cabaye had a mediocre game last Saturday, although it was the first time back after missing three games after being charged with violent conduct for a tackle in the FA Cup defeat at Brighton.
Great players play great in the big games when it matters, and Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are two examples of players who can do that, and that’s why they are two of the best in the world.
That’s one reason the England side has not been too successful for a while, and their big players, like Wayne Rooney at the moment, don’t play well in the really important games like the World Cup – the games and the occasion seems too big for them.
And all they do is walk off at the end using the F word in front of a world-wide TV audience, blaming the fans – which is exactly what Rooney did in South Africa, just to show his immaturity.
There’s no doubt Rooney is an excellent player, but he needs to show his top form in the top games for England – and maybe he can do that in the upcoming European Championships. We wish.
So what Alan is saying above is true, it will show him which Newcastle players can perform at their best when it really matters tomorrow, and hopefully we’ll be having some big game in Europe, sooner rather than later.
Pardew has drawn one derby game at the Stadium of Light when Sunderland equalized in stoppage time a month after he arrived on Tyneside, and of course we won 1-0 last August, so Alan has good record so far against Sunderland.
And tomorrow we have to hope we can get all 3 points at home, and that will help us equal the total we had last year of 46 points in the season.
And we’ll still have 11 games to add to that total.
Howay The Lads!!