Alan Pardew has asked his troops to go out tonight against FC Braga and win the Trofeu Guadiana, and if they can win tonight against the Portuguese side, they will achieve that, with both games played so far - Braga vs Olympiacos on Thursday night and Newcastle vs Olympiacos last night – resulting in 1-1 draws after 90 minutes and 4-4 on penalties.
Alan Pardew – wants to win tonight
Newcastle and Braga have one point and Olympiacos have two points, with the final game of the mini-tournament tonight, and the winner wins the whole thing, and we suppose if it’s another draw – it’s a three way tie?
Alan Pardew seemed pleased enough with the performance of his side last night, and he had this to say today to the Evening Chronicle:
“I’d like to think we could win this now. We’ll probably have a stronger side out in terms of senior players with Demba, Cheick, Marveaux, Coloccini and Jonas.”
“I thought Obertan last night was probably pick of the bunch – he made some real good thrusts – and there were a lot of positives. We’ll take that into the Braga game.”
“I thought, particularly in the first half, we all played very well.” “They changed the team second half and brought on some fresh legs. That swayed the game a little bit towards them. They deserved an equalizer, I thought.”
“I was really pleased with our performance. We had about eight players who did 90 minutes. It was very, very good.” “I was very pleased with everyone’s individual performance – I thought they all made an impact.”
“It was a shame for Dan. He got a little twist in his hip. He thought he could play his way through it, but he couldn’t.” “We’ll have to wait and see.”
It was a pity for Dan Gosling to get injured, as he has looked in pre-season like the player he was at Everton, and Dan made the first goal for Newcastle, and was making an impact in that first half when he had to leave after around 35 minutes and was replaced by Mehdi Abeid.
Gabby Obertan has speed when he starts to run with the ball, but he was still a bit wasteful last night, although to be fair, he did set up a couple of chances and hinted at the player he could become – if he keeps his head down and gets better at his decision making.
Newcastle should have a strong team out tonight, and can even use more substitutions, if they are needed to win the game, and therefore the Trofeu Guardiana – remember that winning is always great for the confidence of the team.
Wonder who will play alongside Coloccini in central defense, with Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson having played last night – maybe a half each?