Newcastle will try to use the same game plan and the same good form that almost got us the win against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday afternoon, but our lads are also very tired at the moment, having played so many game with so few players available, so we hope we don’t conceding late goals again today at the Emirates.
Alan Pardew – crippled squad right now
Alan Pardew was criticized heavily by Alex Ferguson yesterday, in what was an unbelievable verbal attack by the Scot on both the Newcastle manager and the Tyneside club itself – but Alan kept his cool and said nothing in response – so at least Alan kept his dignity if the Scot didn’t.
We think Ferguson should be cited by the FA just for his comments yesterday when he belittled another Premier League club – even if the referee Mike Dean didn’t take any action against the Scot on Wednesday, for his disgraceful behavior on the touchline throughout that game.
Pardew had this to say about Arsenal’s game with West Ham United on Boxing Day being called off because of a tube strike:
“I suppose you could argue it is a London thing.” “A lot of Arsenal fans do come on the tube.” “I can understand the logic in it, if I am honest.” “Does it help us? No.” “It is a perfect scenario for Arsenal.” “They were all sitting at home with their feet up, while we were tired.”
“Arsenal have an advantage – there is no doubt about that – but it seems to be every game we go to we have this problem.” “We come up against Everton next and they will have Marouane Fellaini back from suspension.” “That seems to be our curse this year.”
“However, I keep saying to the players ‘be mentally prepared for everything which is going to happen’. “Anything – it is going to happen this year.” “Deal with it. That is what we are trying to do.” “It is a place where I think they play a type of game which gives you a chance to attack them.”
“You have to be brave there – like we were at Old Trafford.” “If you sit back and invite them on they are going to get through you.” “That is what they work on – packed defences and finding a way. You do see teams going there expecting to be beaten but we will not be.”
“Hopefully, when the game becomes a little stretched, we will cope a bit better, albeit as brilliant as we were.”
Alan Pardew is simply getting on with it, even though he has Mike Williamson, Vurnon Anita, Yohan Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Steven Taylor, Dan Gosling and Ryan Taylor all missing for this game through one reason or another.
It will be very tough to get a win today, but if we are going to end this year on a bright note – that’s the result we need today.
Howay The Lads!!
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