Pardew – We Have To Attack The Top Ten Now


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.

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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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14 comments so far

  • JAMSHA

    Feb 25, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #1

    guys if we win the last 16 in europa
    who do we play in den…. wish spurs n
    chelshit wer out dat would giv us a
    boost..

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  • KRadiation

    Feb 25, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #2

    Funny that he mentions Everton as they based their plans for this season on us.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 25, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #3

    Jamsha

    The draw hasn’t been made yet.

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  • Levi

    Feb 25, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #4
  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 25, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #5

    Great seeing all the positivity with only a smattering of negative comments.

    Thought we did very well yesterday,Southampton have done very well since the new man took over, without getting the results they deserved. However we deserved to win yesterday.

    Great to see Benny back, and the comments from him today. No chance that we would sell to Liverpool unless they pay 30mill plus. Same goes for Cabaye, 15million? – wouldn’t sell his sweaty shinpads for that. (Not that I think Cabaye sweats, if anything perspires elegantly)

    As for the summer business, I expect a top drawer striker, and then maybe a Colo replacement. After that I think we will be looking at younger players to bring through and to replace the youngsters that have already left in the past 10months, and the ones who will likely leave come the summer.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 25, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #6

    There is no reason we cannot keep attacking the top ten.

    We are 1 or 2 wins away from safety really and then that gives us freedom.

    No pressure of the drop, no pressure of having to make europe, we will be in that middle of the range position where you can just attack the opposition.

    It can obviously go one of two ways, foot off the gas and slip down or play with freedom and rise the table. But with the drive of the new players I believe it will be the latter.

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  • AMEOBI

    Feb 25, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #7

    Yeah pardew confirmed he’s trying to get the deal through for Sammy will be great for him..

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 25, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #8

    levi

    Somebody posted a similar link yesterday.

    I think it would be a great move for him, he needs games, boro play decent football but are struggling lately.

    They have some good passers of the ball in their side but lack good wide men really. I think he would help them and its the level he needs.

    If he does well i’d keep him there next year too…he needs a full season of playing….look at what its done for players like zaha, ince, phillips all playing at that level

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 25, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #9

    I’s a long shot but I would love to be back in Europe next season. It’s great having midweek games to look forward to

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  • rainrix

    Feb 25, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #10

    Hopefully swansea take it a bit easy on saturday, they haven’t really got much to play for now apart from league position. Hopefully as well the title race will be over by the time we play man city. Them 2 games are the only ones i think we’d struggle to win, the rest are easily winnable.

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  • dannyboy

    Feb 25, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #11

    great win yesterday, made it hard for ourselves but thats newcastle for you, pure rollercoaster.
    whole team played well , nice to see tiote playing well , should half been booked though when he went in high with studs showing,he was lucky
    only critisim would be santon , the defensive side of his game really needs worked on, leaves us vunerable far too many times, glad haidara is breathing gown his neck, haidara will be a great lb in future.
    also jonas wasnt great but dont want to get starting on him, think we all accept what you get from jonas and were going to have to get on with it, anyway when HBA is match fit , our team is mouth watering , HBA is my favourite play he brings that touch of class to the team, dont get me wrong we have alot of class but there is something about him that lifts you of your seat , hes the sort of player you pay £40 everyweek just to see
    tough couple of games coming up, really want us to attack the europa , just hope cabaye and sissoko dont burn out as theyve played every minute and are first names ojn the teamsheet everyweek as they are essential to how we play now,
    UP THE TOON!!1
    🙂

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Feb 25, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #12

    It’s a relief to finally hear some positivity coming from Pardew. As a leader his words will spread to the players. So no more negativity, no more excuses. Liverpool, WBA & Swansea are within our reach.

    I think it’s time people acknowledged the great job Ashley has done. He’s brought stability to the club and it is admirable he didn’t panic and stuck by his manager. I’ve seen managers sacked for a lot less. It’s time we forget his early mistakes, ie Keegan & Wise. Now we have Pardew & Carr, so the transfer system is working 🙂

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  • toonboy68

    Feb 25, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #13

    Could anyone tell if the stoke game is now on the Sunday 10th of march due to being in Europe thanks

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  • toonluvva

    Feb 25, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #14

    It will be vital for us to start both halves of the game as soon as the ref blows his whistle.

    On Sunday we allowed Saints to come at us straight from the start and almost paid the price.

    I reckon that the Swans fans will be really up for this match and a good start from the toon will quickly quieten them down. HTWL

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