Alan Pardew held his press conference for the West Brom this afternoon at the Benton Training grounds.
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And if you have a subscription to nufcTV you can now watch the interview, and it last for just under five minutes.
This is some of what Alan had to say to the various questions put to him today and the first about the West Brom game on Sunday:
“It’s a tough game and I think West Brom at home is one of the tough fixtures in the Premiership.” They’ve had some great results, and we are very much on our guard to make sure we get something out of the game.”
“We are pretty much focused on the 9 games that remain.” We need to finish as well as we’ve been in the first three quarters of the season.”
“We’ve been excellent, players attitudes and application have been first class.” “If we can do that in our last 9 game we may surprise ourselves. “
And it looks like Cheick Tiote is only 50-50 for the game, and if he doesn’t make good progress over the next couple of games, it would not surprise us if young Danny Guthrie gets the start and another chance to impress.
And Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger thinks Newcastle are still in with a chance to finish in the top four, although he’s a lot less sure that Liverpool can now make it into a Champions League spot, before the end of the season.
This is what Arsene told Sky Sports today:
“Third is better than fourth, but if you have no choice, you take fourth and the opportunity. Let’s see how it goes now,”
“I believe Newcastle are still in the fight, as are Tottenham and Chelsea. Liverpool are maybe too far off, but you never know.”
There’s something very satisfying by Newcastle being five points clear of Liverpool, and maybe it’s because Andy Carroll and Jose Enrique left Newcastle for Liverpool, so they could get more European competition, at a bigger club.
But it’s now important for Newcastle to stay above Liverpool this season, and of course the game on April 1st at St. James’ Park against The Reds is now a massive game for Newcastle – much like the Manchester United game in early January.
We only hope we can get a similar performance and result.
And as Alan Pardew says above – we could still surprise ourselves this season.