One of the things that has impressed us this season with Alan Pardew, is the way he can analyse the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition.
Alan Pardew – lots of players in treatment room
And Alan comes up with different game plans that can win the games, and last Friday was a good example of how he does that, and he relied on the steadiness of Newcastle’s defense, and even though Swansea had so much possession, they still didn’t score.
And it seems Alan was banking on getting at least one goal to win the game, and it was two great opportunist efforts from that man Papiss Cisse (what a player!), that wrapped up the three points for Newcastle.
Newcastle take on Bolton this afternoon at home, but even though Bolton were hammered 3-0 on Saturday at home, that had won their three previous games.
Those three wins were against relegation fighting teams in QPR, Blackburn and Wolves, and Bolton may find Newcastle a stiffer test.
Alan Pardew considers Bolton a threat this afternoon:
“They are a serious threat,” “Owen Coyle has just won Manager of the Month and rightly so. It will be a tough game.”
“We are going to have to use the squad. We have seven or eight players in the treatment room.”
Cheick Tiote is at least one doubt with other players obviously suffering some knocks from Friday’s game, but it could be even worse for Bolton players.
They played Fulham on Saturday and to play two days later, especially when you travel is asking a lot of any side, but that’s an advantage to Newcastle.
Newcastle have had an extra day’s rest and we could be surprised with the side Alan puts out today since we don’t know which players have picked up knocks from the game in South Wales.
Danny Guthrie is out and Coloccini could possibly play, so maybe the Newcastle captain comes back in central defense and James Perch, who had yet another solid game on Friday at center-back, takes up the defensive midfield position?
But this is Newcastle’s last game until a week on Saturday when we are again at home to Stoke City, so three points would be very nice to complete winning the first five of our last 10 league games of the season.
That cannot be too bad.