It seems that Alan Pardew is quite relaxed for today’s game against Manchester City, which is the biggest game for Newcastle since our relegation season three years ago.
Alan Pardew – relaxed about this afternoon?
The game will be watched by a massive word-wide TV audience, and we’d love to know the estimate of the size of the TV audience this afternoon, but it could be approaching one billion viewers.
With Arsenal again dropping points at the Emirates yesterday, Newcastle can beat City and go into 3rd place, depending on how Tottenham fare at Aston Villa, in a game that kicks off 30 minutes after Newcastle’s game starts.
Depending on the results today could decide to a large extent which Manchester team will win the league, and which teams have the best chance of finishing in 3rd and 4th places in the league table in the final game of the season to be played next Sunday afternoon.
Indeed places one through five in the league table are up for grabs this afternoon, and we could see some changes in top five by tonight.
Alan is looking forward to the game, but says he’s not particularly nervous:
“To be honest, I get more nervous about playing teams that I think we should beat.” “So this game is one of those where you go in with all expectation and positivity because you know it’s a game where you could come out not too unscathed as a unit.”
“My philosophy is very much about the team and the unit; making sure we are still together.” “After losing 4-0 to Wigan last week, the unit could have been hurt, so that’s why Chelsea was so important for us in terms of turning that around.”
“We keep the unit tight because we keep setting ourselves goals and missions. We have players who are hungry and just feeding that hunger with different tactical plans and different agendas.”
“I can feel the fans’ excitement in the Newcastle city center. I know it’s going to be electric come kick-off. I know City’s stadium has been applauded this season for atmosphere, but they ain’t seen nothing yet.”
“I am excited. Of course I am. The motivation for this game from me is that I don’t have to do anything. I can just stay in my room.” “What we do need to get right is what is said at half-time and the substitutions. That could be significant.”
“When you play top quality technicians like they are, I think it is very important to show them respect and cover each other.” “You have to expect to get beaten as a defender, such as James Perch is going to get beaten by David Silva.”
“Then Davide Santon is going to get beaten by Sergio Aguero, but there will be someone there covering. If we do that then you have a chance of getting a clean sheet. City are a great team. They just have had a great boost by Tevez at the right time.”
It’s really do or die this afternoon for this Newcastle side, and if we see our lads going all out and doing their very best with 100% effort, commitment and pride, then whatever the result will be just fine with us.
But of course a win will send Newcastle fans into high orbit come 3:3o0 pm this afternoon, and if Man City are losing at the end of 90 minutes, we hope there’s not an inordinate amount of stoppage time added on, to give them a chance to score some goals.
A win would be absolutely fantastic for Newcastle, and that’s what we are hoping for.
Howay The Lads!!