As we pointed out after yesterday’s great home win against a very good Southampton side, we are now only 3 points behind Stoke City in 10th place, and we play them at home in two weeks, but first up is a very good Swansea City side in South Wales on Saturday afternoon.
A happy looking Alan Pardew
It remains to be seen what kind of mood and form Swansea will be in, when they play in front of their fans for the first time since winning the first big trophy in their history yesterday, when they won the Capital One Cup with an easy 5-0 win over Bradford City.
But Newcastle are a very different side than we were in mid January, and we’ll go into that game trying to repeat our accomplishment of last season at the Liberty Stadium – and win the game.
This is what Alan Pardew said in the local papers today:
“I said before yesterday’s game, ‘let’s attack the top 10’.” “We know the Europa League is on for us, there’s no doubt about that.” I think we’re a different proposition now. We’ve beaten Chelsea, Metalist – and Southampton, who are every bit as good as the other two I’ve mentioned.”
“They’re three massive wins, and we came close to getting something at Tottenham. We’ve made great strides.” “We’ve got a really tough team to play at Swansea, but we’re looking forward to it.” “So should our fans – they’re buoyant now.” “Ideally, Swansea go celebrating, but we’ll see.”
“They might be super-relaxed. The way they play, that’s probably dangerous.” “All our players are on long-term contracts going forward, so next year looks promising.” “Hopefully, we set the scene for next year like Everton did.”
We have won two away games since we brought in our French recruitments last month – and Swansea’s home record in the league is won five, drawn six and lost only two.
But if Newcastle can withstand the white-hot atmosphere at the Metalist Stadium last Thursday night, in front of 40,000 home fans, then we can also do well at the Liberty Stadium – and Alan Pardew and his men will be going all out for the 3 points – we need them.
It will also be interesting to see what team Alan starts at Swansea – and we may see one or two changes based on the performances of our players over the last two games – when we made seven changes yesterday for the Southampton game from the starting eleven at Metalist – and still won the game.
Howay The Lads!!
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