It’s a really important Premier League game against Swansea this afternoon, and if we don’t win the game, it will add to the frustrations of the Newcastle fans, who want to see Newcastle start climbing that league table, and that’s hard to do with home draws and home defeats.
Alan Pardew – different challenge today form Swansea City
But we also remember the home game with Swansea last season, which ended in a stalemate at 0-0, and that was a frustrating game to watch, and we have to hope it’s a better outcome today.
Alan Pardew is well aware that it may be difficult for Newcastle to get much of the ball against Swansea, with new manager Michael Laudrup having continued on from the departed Brendan Rodgers, and Swansea continue to play a possession game, and pass the ball around all the time – Barcelona style.
This is what Alan said in the local press today:
“West Ham did a job on us, broke up the play, defended very deep with two banks of four.” “Swansea will be different but will retain the ball. Last season it was 0-0 and I remember our fans coming away from that game that day not particularly happy because we couldn’t create any pressure.”
“Swansea are good at what they do but I still expect us to win.” “There’s a few promoted clubs who have done very well coming into the Premier League and Swansea are one of those,” Pardew added.
“They are a well-run club with basic principles and a vision that they want to stick to.” “The new manager has taken over from Brendan Rodgers and added a couple of real quality players, so they are a real problem team.”
The Swans are just one point behind Newcastle with three wins in their 11 games for the season, the same as Newcastle, but the Magpies will be expected to win this game after a poor first half last Sunday against West Ham, which cost us the game to a Kevin Nolan goal after 38 minutes.
Newcastle will need to start this game like the proverbial steam train so we are not again digging ourselves out of a hole in the second half, because of poor and lifeless play in the first 45 minutes.
We really do need the win today.
Howay The Lads!!
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