There’s been a lot of news this week about Demba Ba, who is injured and is doubtful for the game this afternoon, and Alan says his final selection of the team will be dependent on whether the Senegal International is fit or not.
Alan Pardew – full week’s training in preparation for the game
Alan Pardew and the Newcastle coaches have had the luxury of having a full uninterrupted week to prepare for this game but the two games week schedule starts again and we have to visit Club Brugge on Thursday night before hosting West Ham at St. James’ Park next Sunday.
Alan talked about his selection for today’s important game:
“My selection will count a lot on Demba and whether he is fit or not.” “But I do feel that we need to get a more thinking team on the pitch and the best thing that has happened to us, apart from the good result, is the fact we have had a week on the training ground.”
“We have actually done some work with the team this week, because we have sorely missed it.” “The rhythm and the passing options are something that we, although getting decent results, have been grappling at.” “Hopefully, we will have a bit more fluidity in our play and cause Liverpool problems.”
“It has been tough because last week we went week-to-week almost and had a week’s prep and other teams were playing midweek, which meant we had a slight advantage and we were bringing that home.” “This time, we have the pressures of a big club – midweek Euro fixtures.”
“It is nice, don’t get me wrong. I am not complaining, but it is different. We are getting to grips with it.” “I still think there are a lot of attributes against West Brom which went unnoticed. There are things we are doing well.”
“There were some periods in that game when we played some fantastic football, but we have not got the control of the game that I would like.”
We do expect to see a better performance from Newcastle this afternoon, after our rather insipid performance against West Brom in the second half last Sunday afternoon, when we were very lucky to get all 3 points, with a goal in the last minute of added time.
But our hope for today’s game is that we again pick up all 3 points, and this time it’s a deserved win, and the first league win at Anfield since 1994.
Our players and manager just have to be motivated to break that streak this afternoon, and we can do it too – and a win could see Newcastle in 6th position in the league this afternoon – that sounds like where we want to be.
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