It’s a little bit of a cliche, and it’s something Chris Hughton used to say all the time, that in the game of football you take just one game at a time, whatever happened in the last game – win, lose or draw – and you simply concentrate on trying to win the next game.
Alan Pardew - we will try to win every game
The Premier League is the priority this season, but if things change during the season, then Newcastle priorities could change too of course, as Alan explained today:
“If we were out of the FA Cup and still in the Europa League and 15 or 20 points off a Champions League position, suddenly the Europa League is starting to look a very attractive proposition for us.”
“Obviously the same applies to the Capital One Cup. We just have to attack every competition.” “We are just entering every game to try to win it and we ain’t done such a bad job so far.”
“We’d certainly have taken this start we’ve had. Our run of games have been tough.” “We are a point behind what we were last year but our games have been so much tougher.” “And I think that we still have players to play at their best.”
“We are getting some back to form.” “Obviously Demba has had a great week, Cabaye is starting to look like we know what he is from last year. Williamson is probably playing his best football since being at the club and Santon has been a revelation.”
“So we have a lot of positives going on, but the fluidity of us and the rhythmic style that we had at times last year, we need to try to grasp.” “Sometimes a victory like Norwich can do that for you.”
It’s been clear since Alan Pardew took over at Newcastle that he truly tries to win every single game, and we’ve had some great victories under Alan so far, and that fantastic comeback against Arsenal when we were 4-0 down after 26 minutes, and went on to score four goals in the last 22 minutes to draw the game.
Unbelievable stuff from our boys.
Of course the key is to make sure we are still in these Cup competitions if and when things do change, and the disaster scenario is that we don’t do well in the Cups because we play our best team in the league and then see ourselves eliminated in the Europa League and the Capital One Cup come Christmas – whatever we’ve done in the league.
And it’s never easy for a top Premier League club to decide how strong a side to play, and Everton were eliminated last night at Leeds United, after making six changes from the side that walloped Swansea 3-0 on Saturday.
And there were two other shocks last night, as Aston Villa beat Manchester City 4-2 at the Eitihad Stadium and Sunderland beat Milton Keynes Dons 2-0. It’s obvious City will now need to spend a lot more in January and the summer, after only a so-so start to the season (just kidding).
We understand why Alan cannot play the first team in mid-week, but we’d really like him to play a stronger side.
We’ll have an idea of this at around 7:00 pm tonight, when the team is announced for the Capital One Cup game at Old Trafford, which is being televised live around the world, and that’s because Newcastle are one of the teams.
Howay The Lads!!
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