Pardew – Our Quality Came Through Against Southampton

We had mentioned yesterday that once Ben Arfa comes back in the squad for Saturday’s game at Swansea, there will be a number of very good players at Newcastle who will not even make the substitutes bench such is the strength of the Newcastle squad, after we brought in five Frenchmen last month.

alan pardew in Ukraine

Alan Pardew – in the Ukraine last week

That contrasts with how Alan’s squad was over the last few months when the bench was full of youngsters without much experience in top class football, and a lot of those lads are now out on loan getting some first team experience, and we reported that Sammy Ameobi is off to Middlesbrough for the rest of the season.

This is what Alan Pardew said about his squad now:

“Those stats start to improve when you’ve got a good team.” “The media hang them around your neck but look at our bench – it was so strong.”

“We’ve not had a bench like that until the last three or four weeks and it’s made a big difference to us.” “Yohan Cabaye gets dizzy and comes off, we bring on Vurnon Anita and James Perch. We’ve got quality coming off the bench.”

“And if we needed a goal we had Shola Ameobi and Sylvain Marveaux in there, ready to pounce, and Gabby Obertan, so we just look so much better. There are so many more options for myself.”

“Our fans were great. The idea from upstairs, the French day, took a bit of edginess from the crowd, relaxed us, and the team played relaxed.” “A goal behind, we didn’t panic and our quality came through.”

And it was good to see that Rob Elliot played well after coming in for Tim Krul – who met with an ankle specialist yesterday, and while there is no official prognosis been released on his injury, he’s probably going to be out for about four weeks, and it’s a big chance for Rob.

Rob Elliot will have done well if when Tim Krul is fit again he cannot get back into the side – and that’s what we need and almost have at Newcastle these days – competition for every place in the team.

What do you think?

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7 comments so far

  • Harley

    Feb 26, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #1

    A striker to add to the squad, a winger to replace obertan and a young cb (plus an experienced one if colo goes) and we’ll challenge the top 4 next season.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 26, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #2

    Thats the difference for us now….not just more quality on the pitch but on the bench too.

    Knowing if you don’t perform you have players like anita and marv on the bench will really push the lads on….especially knowing ben arfa will be back in will put a lot of pressure on them.

    If he is physically fit enough I’d start ben arfa at swansea even if you just give him 45/50 minutes.

  • mindshaft

    Feb 26, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #3

    @Ed – btw, belated congratulations on your latest test results

  • Graeme

    Feb 26, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #4

    With HBA, Cabaye, Goufy and Sissoko all pushing forward, we are in danger of making Cisse dizzy.

    He just wont know from which direction his next chance is coming from!! Poor bloke lol

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 26, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #5

    Previous Post
    Transfer Sage
    Cheers – someone on the same wavelength
    Keegan was like a kid in the sweet shop If he did not get what he wanted he chucked the dummy out and left when he couldn’t get the money to spend he wanted. That’s my point a club built on Quicksand.

    PS just got my Anji tickets cannot wait love the European games

  • James RS

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #6

    How come Southampton had nearly 60% possession to our 40% as an away team.Are we playing more long balls? Comments please. We always used to have more possession when Hughton was here?

  • nomis_jade

    Feb 26, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #7

    Dont post on here much, but really enjoy reading the comments. Just thinking…..imagine if we did win the Europa league (dont think we will personally). What will people think of Pardew and co then?? He will be the first manager to win something in 40 odd years. It would be incredible. Surely that would make him a newcastle hero?


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