It’s a real pity that Yohan Cabaye’s free kick, with just about 30 seconds to go in the game yesterday, didn’t go in to give Newcastle the win, because things would be a lot different today, but goalkeeper Guzon made a good save and it means Newcastle have made only an average start to the season, with a very tough game at Everton in two weeks time, next on the agenda.
Alan Pardew being interviewed after the game last night
Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse, Yohan Cabaye and others haven’t looked at their best in the first three league games of the season, and all three of them will now be off to play two games for their countries during the two week International break.
Alan Pardew is saying that players these days play too much football, which is one possible cause of the poor form shown so far this season, and this is what Alan Pardew told the local press today:
“Some of our players are not bang in form but when you’re playing a bit more than 11 months a year, some players, it’s too much football really.” “We’re going to have to rest them here and there and get them back to form.”
We wouldn’t be at all surprised if Alan Pardew changes things around for the game at Everton, and we’d be surprised if both Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba start that game.
The Newcastle manager may even have to revert to a 4-3-3 formation, which worked well earlier this year, with Demba Ba on the left wing, although he didn’t particularly like playing there.
Nothing goes well all the time in life or in football, as we all know only too well, but it’s a manager’s job to pinpoint what the problems are in the team and solve them – that’s why they get the big bucks – and that’s what Alan Pardew’s job is right now at Newcastle.
It’s been a bit of a disappointing start to the season, but we shouldn’t overdo it either – our position is nothing that a couple of wins cannot quickly put right.
Maybe we can even win at Everton - that would help things big time!
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