Alan Pardew is giving his players a well earned rest before they come back on Saturday, to prepare for the next game against Stoke City, which is a week come Saturday.
Alan Pardew - meticulous in his planning at Newcastle
And it just so happens that Newcastle have always failed to win, after any kind of lengthy break this season, and Alan is well aware of that.
That’s because Alan is meticulous in his planning of each of Newcastle’s game, and he’ll be hoping to change that stat this time around.
This is what Alan told the local Newcastle press today:
“We have changed it. The previous times we have had this period we have not won.” “We are giving the boys time off now and then we are going to be in at the weekend.”
“Then we have a week’s training and hopefully that will work better for us.” “I think the fans are so important.” “They were patient against Bolton.”
“I have been here twice when we have not played as well as we would have liked, and the fans became irritable.”
“If there is a bit of negativity coming down from the stands, it makes it difficult for the players.” “The fans, though, helped us get over the line.”
Those are good words from the Newcastle manager, because the fans who go to the games will try their best not to be too negative, when things are not going well for the Newcastle players.
Football is a funny game, and sometimes the lads are just not on song, but it’s important in those games that we still win – like we did against Bolton and Swansea in the last couple of vital games.
There’s no doubt the Stoke game will be full of tension, but there again, if Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba or Ben Arfa can score some goals in the first half, that would certainly relieve the pressure.
It will be 3 points or bust a week come Saturday, and then we’ll just have to see how Chelsea and Tottenham do in their games that day.
On 21st April when Newcastle take on Stoke City at St. James’ Park, Tottenham are at QPR, and Chelsea are at Arsenal, in the early 12:45 pm kick-off game.
Hmmm – those are two difficult away games for the two London sides fighting it out with Newcastle for 4th place, so let’s hope we can beat Stoke City and get the double over them this season.
Then, who knows, we could be 5 points clear of Chelsea with four games to play
Howay The Lads!!