Alan Pardew has talked continually this week about controlling the game, and we did a lot of that last season in doing so well and finishing in 5th place in the league. But we haven’t controlled the games so much this season, and that’s one reason why we haven’t made as good as start in the league as we did last year.
The top two coaches at Newcastle – John Carver and manager Alan Pardew
Even last week in the second half against West Brom, after looking fairly comfortable with a 1-0 lead at the half, it was West Brom who controlled the game in the second half and we were a little lucky to avoid a defeat if truth be told, but we still managed to get the win.
Alan has talked about controlling the game today in the local Sunday Sun:
“I have always said that is very important for the club, what we had last year and that’s what we lost against West Brom in the second half, the control of the game.” “If you’re winning games in the Premier League you do not always have to look a great team, rhythmically great.”
“You have got to have control of the game, and that is what has worried me more than us aesthetically looking good.” “When the opposition has a grip of the game, that should not happen to us as much as it has this year.”
After a full week’s training and coming off a poor performance in the second half last Sunday against West brom, we are hoping for a good display this afternoon, whether Demba Ba is fit to play or not, and we want to see Newcastle controlling the game at Anfield.
It’s OK talking about it, but the lads now have to take what they’ve done on the training field this week, and reproduce it this afternoon at Anfield.
A win would be fantastic for Newcastle – just fantastic.
Did I make it clear that a win would be fantastic for Newcastle today? 😀
Howay The Lads!!
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