Alan Pardew was very wary of West Bromwich Albion during yesterday’s press conference, and under Steve Clarke the Baggies have made a good start to the season getting 14 points from their first 8 games, and lie in 6th place in the league.
Alan Pardew – wary of West Brom tomorrow
On the other hand, Newcastle have 10 points from their first 8 games, and we are currently in 11th place four points behind WBA.
One piece of good news for Newcastle is that we’ve sustained no injuries this week, so apart from missing Cheick Tiote tomorrow as he serves the first game of a three match suspension, the Magpies will essentially be at full strength.
That’s good news because we have Ryan Taylor and Haris Vuckic out for the season and Dan Gosling out until the new year, and our squad is still too small.
This is some of what Alan said during his press conference yesterday:
“Thankfully we are okay in terms of injuries, because it is tough playing Thursday, Sunday.” “We are seeing a little difficulty in our stats in terms of getting the performance levels we want on a Sunday. We hope to get that right this week.”
“We need to play well on Sunday because West Brom are going to be a tough cookie. They have started the season exceptionally well.” “It’s difficult to sustain a good start.” “We managed to do that, but that’s West Brom’s next goal and Steve Clarke will be very much aware of that, especially after their last result.”
“They will looking to continue that good start against us, so we have to be on our guard because they will come here with renewed vigour.”
WBA have had some decent results this season including wins over Liverpool and Everton, and they were pipped 2-1 by Manchester City at the Hawthorns last weekend, in a keenly contested game with the reigning Premier League Champions.
It will not be easy tomorrow, but we need all 3 points, and we’ll be a little disappointed if we cannot get the win.
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