With all the doom and gloom being reported this week, Alan Pardew has pointed to several positive things that came out of the 2-1 defeat against Swansea City on Sunday afternoon at St. James’ Park, although not much has been said about anything positive this week, after our third defeat in the last four Premier League games at home.
Alan Pardew – still looking for the positives
Alan Pardew seems as upbeat as ever, and he had this to say today in the local press:
“There were also some positives from the Swansea game.” “Hatem Ben Arfa may not have scored or created the goal but he did threaten a lot.” “You have to say that he had some lovely moments in the game.”
“Cheick looked like his old self. I thought Vurnon did well too.” “There were positives – and we have to take that into the next game.”
Cheick Tiote did look good on Sunday, and he even managed to escape his usual yellow card in the game, which was good to see.
And Vurnon Anita is slowly but surely looking like the player we thought we had brought in last summer, as he is finally getting to grips with the physical nature of the England game, and he certainly can pass the ball, and seems to read the game well too.
And Vurnon will likely get an extended run in the side now that Yohan Cabaye is out injured with a groin injury, and since Yohan could be out for two months, a lot will depend on how well the Dutch International can step up to the plate at Newcastle during that time.
Vurnon Anita – in action at Liverpool
If Vurnon can start playing well and players like Ben Arfa, Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse can start rifling the goals in, we may not do too badly through the 11 games we have to play in the next 43 days.
We start on Thursday night against Maritimo, and then have a vital game at Southampton on Sunday afternoon.
Two wins in those games would be fantastic, and would help sweep away the doom and gloom on Tyneside – well for a while in any case. 😀
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