Alan Pardew has said today that Newcastle are ready to go toe to toe with Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.
A terrific shot of Pardew and Cisse after game at Chelsea
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And while we were not as good as City when we met them last November at the Etihad Stadium and were beaten 3-1, the Newcastle manager feels Newcastle have now caught up with the league leaders this year.
And since the turn of the year, Newcastle have gained a massive 35 points in the league, and Manchester City have only 3 points better than that total, in their league games.
This is what Alan had to say today, as he tries to set up his players for a most vital game at St. James’ Park tomorrow, in front of another sell-out crowd:
“Forget about individuals, look at the two teams – our team is going to compete with them. I can’t pay any greater respect to my side.” “They deserve that respect because they have earned it.”
“That’s not about me, or Papiss Cissé, but the team. We have got 35 points this year, City have got 38. We have the advantage [tomorrow] because we are at home, and our fans make a huge difference to us.”
“I would say we have closed that gap on City, even though in November we were up-beat. Looking from the sidelines then I still felt there was an extra element to their game. Looking at us against Chelsea and Liverpool, I think we have closed that gap.”
“This club has come on in leaps and bounds in the last two years. It has been a meteoric rise in form and credibility. We have created a situation where next year is going to be problematic for us. We need to make sure, when this season ends, to work out where we went wrong and where we went right.”
“We have to correct the bad things and recognise the good ones, and keep doing them to improve because next year will be a difficult season for us.” “I look at it closely and we have taken points off Liverpool, Spurs, Arsenal, and Manchester United.”
“Man City are the only ones we have not.” “Now, if you look at that, you would have to say, maybe they can, looking at that record. We haven’t yet. So on Sunday it is there for us to take points off all the top teams and that would be a great feat for this team. And I think we can do it.
“I would suggest there is a little bit more pressure on them, being as they are away from home and going for the title.”
If Newcastle can beat Manchester City on Sunday, it will be a water-shed game for Newcastle, as they will have shown we can play with the best of them.
It would also be eight wins in nine games, and then we’d have a vital game next Sunday at Everton, but we cannot afford to slip up. and we cannot afford any of the stuff that crept into Newcastle’s game in that first half at Wigan.
It’s not an exaggeration to say the world will be watching on Sunday, and Newcastle have a great chance of making a name for themselves by beating City, and maybe opening it up so that the Red Devils win the title again.
We couldn’t care less who wins the title – but we do want to see Newcastle finish off the season with two wins to make it nine wins in the final 10 games – that would be something.
We are so proud of what our lads have been able to achieve this season – so proud – it’s just unbelievable – but it’s not over yet.