We’ve noticed that the other English clubs in Europe this season do not make too many changes for their best sides, and certainly Liverpool and Tottenham played almost their strongest sides in the Europa league on Thursday night.
Sammy Ameobi – had good game against Club Brugge
And in the Champions League you have to play strong sides in mid-week because otherwise you can get beat as Manchester United experienced last year.
Alan Pardew made 9 changes to the starting eleven at Sunderland for the game against Club Brugge, but Alan Pardew seems to have picked sides that can get the job done, because we are not grumbling at all at the 7 points we picked up from our first three games.
And it’s the best of the three English clubs in the Europa League.
The Newcastle manager saw several youngsters give excellent performances on Thursday night, and they included Gabby Oberton (23), Shane Ferguson (21) and Sammy Ameobi (20), and it will be interesting to see if those three players even make the bench for tomorrow’s game.
Certainly Alan’s task has been made a lot more difficult by some of our youngsters starting to come through this season, but that’s really good news for Newcastle.
This is what the manager said yesterday:
“Of course it makes my job for Sunday harder.” “The bench is competitive and the subs who come off the bench are in good form. As I said, it is nights like that which give me a tough choice for the bench on Sunday, never mind the team.”
“I have been picking sides which I think suit the game. Would we have won with the team we played at Sunderland? The energy we put out that day, I don’t think we would have. You could argue I left nine players out from that team, but if they had all played on Thursday.”
” I think we could have got beaten on Thursday, I really do. The energy levels we had to produce were phenomenal.” “We have got a quick turnaround, so on Sunday, we go again.”” “I’m not sure we deserve to be much higher. “
“Some of those draws we’ve had were not games we deserved to win.” “I think we are in the position we are in. I like to think that with everyone fit, we can start getting those three points .”
After Newcastle scored early in the second half Club Brugge took the game to Newcastle, and while Newcastle tried to contain them, the opposition certainly had their chances and we were concerned right until the final whistle that in the second game in a row we could have conceded a late equalizer.
But we didn’t, and it was a great result, but as Alan says – now the lads have to go out and do the same thing again tomorrow afternoon, against a strong West Bromwich Albion side.
But exactly what team Alan will choose for tomorrow’s game will be a difficult choice – does he stay with his usual players, or does he give one or more of the youngsters a start in the Premier League – that’s Alan’s dilemma for tomorrow – and of course it’s a good problem for any manager to have.
What do you think?
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