Alan Pardew is under some pressure at the moment, after seeing Newcastle lose two home games in a row at home against what we would consider mediocre sides in West Ham and Swansea, and no disrespect to those two clubs but it’s not like we were beaten by Chelsea and Manchester City for instance.
Alan Pardew – challenges players
Alan Pardew has today done the only thing he can do – and that is to challenge the players he has available to do well in the upcoming games, on Thursday night against Maritimo at home, and at Southampton next Sunday afternoon.
If we can win on Thursday night it will give the lads a bit of a lift, because we will have qualified for the final 32 and the knock out rounds of that competition, and put the team in good stead for what may be a difficult game at Southampton next Sunday.
This is what Alan Pardew said today:
“We certainly don’t want to lose three home games on the trot, that would be a blow.” “Maritimo is a big game for us because if we can win it, it guarantees qualification.”
“That’s what we need to do, get one hurdle out of the way and then look for our first win away from home in the Premier League in the next game.” “They are the two immediate hurdles in front of us.”
The Newcastle manager will also see how his players react when things are not going well, and we’ll be able to see who the players are who will rise to the occasion.
And we saw yesterday that Hatem Ben Arfa did his utmost to turn things around for Newcastle, and the French International is easily our Man of the Match with over 67% of the vote.
The Frenchman is followed by the ever improving and consistent Davide Santon and third is Cheick Tiote, who made a good return to the side, and he didn’t even get a yellow card yesterday.
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