With only our second win in the last twelve games in all competitions, now is the time for Newcastle to move forward and try to get some results in our next three games over the holiday period – at Manchester United and Arsenal and at home to Everton – but not one of those games looks an easy one.
Perch congratulates Shola after fantastic strike by Nigerian
Shola Ameobi set St. James’ Park alight with a wonderful strike on 81 minutes to win the crucial game on Saturday against QPR, and he’s likely to start the game at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
This is what Alan Pardew told the local press today:
“It’s a big day for the team – it’s a two or three-day turnaround.” “I’d like to think at Man United on Boxing Day we can produce a shock. We’ll have to wait to see if we can.”
“I might make a couple of changes to freshen it up, but I’ll have to give that some thought with John Carver.” “We have to put a team out there which is diligent, and hopefully does the job.”
“We’ve put ourselves in a position where we can take a big team on – three or four weeks ago we wouldn’t have said that.” “Prior to Stoke, you would have said we might be in trouble, but we’re more solid, and look like we have a game plan.”
“Everything looks in order, but perhaps before then it didn’t.” “We’ll be working towards Man United,” he added. “We’ll be in a lonely hotel, but that’s part of our business.”
Pardew will likely bring in a few players to give some of our other players a rest over the hectic holiday period, and Gabby Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux could also both start, after their good displays as substitutes on Saturday.
It will be important to give Manchester United a game on Wednesday, and the Red Devils will be trying to make up for only getting a 1-1 draw at Swansea yesterday – and now they are only four points clear of Manchester City, who scored in injury time on Saturday to beat bottom of the league Reading 1-0.
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