Newcastle gave another solid performance at Swansea on Friday afternoon, to come away with all 3 points and their third clean sheet in the last four straight victories.
Newcastle’s two top coaches – Carver and Pardew – great job this season
And if Newcastle are going to stretch that run to five games, the defense will again have to be solid this afternoon against Bolton.
Mike Williamson is now back to his best form and James Perch gave another good and solid display alongside him in South Wales, and James has been a revelation this year.
Young Davide Santon looked a lot better defensively on Friday as he continues to improve, and he had a good game for Newcastle, and will no doubt keep his place for today’s important game against the Trotters.
But Newcastle were nearly always on the back foot at Swansea, as the home side had the vast amount of the possession during the game.
And manager Alan Pardew is hardly getting carried away with things, and is guarded about Bolton who have won three of their last four league games:
“We weren’t elated in the dressing room after the Swansea game,” “When you give up possession and a team pass around you like Swansea do, it’s not really good for the soul.”
“Even though we won, the feeling was a little bit flat and Swansea do that to you. But it will be a very different game against Bolton and the emphasis will be on us.”
“We’ll have to play with a different game plan and take the game to Bolton. We’re pretty good at that too. I think by the time the game comes around, we’ll be in better shape to take it on.”
“Bolton will offer a serious threat. Their manager has just won Manager of the Month and quite rightly so. They seem to be re-harnessed and it’s going to be a tough game.”
Newcastle don’t underestimate any side these days, and that’s just one reason why the lads have done so well and wrapped up 56 points from 32 games already, and that’s already 10 points better than we finished up with last season.
There’s a decent chance we can make that 13 points better than last season with a home win today, and while anything but a win will be a disappointment, that doesn’t say this will be an easy game.
Nearly all the games in the PL this season are tough, and even Manchester United found if difficult yesterday at home to QPR, even though they were almost given the game when Ashley Young pulled off a lovely dive to get a penalty and get Shaun Derry sent off after only 14 minutes.
So not only did that dive essentially cost QPR the game yesterday, but Derry now misses the next three games too.
There was absolute minimum contact with Young, as he former Villa winger left his right leg trailing, to ensure some contract with Derry, and we wonder if they actually practice these simulations in training? They are so good at it after all.
Something has to be done about that last man being sent off rule – it completely ruins the game, and is far too hard a punishment, given the level of the offense.
And that’s especially true when it’s doubtful it’s even a foul.
Newcastle will need to be somewhere near their best today, if they are indeed to get their 5th win on the trot, and as Alan says above – they will take this game full throttle to Bolton.