The game tomorrow worries us a little bit, and Newcastle have to be professional, because after a couple of huge wins in the last week, it’s a danger that the team starts to live on their laurels a bit – but really good sides go into every single game with the right mental attitude.
Alan Pardew delivering a left hook to Roberto Martinez
That was last season after they took us apart 4-0
So we’ll get a chance to see just how good and professional this new Newcastle side are tomorrow, and we’ll have to do better than we did last season in the same fixture, when we didn’t turn up and we were taken apart 4-0 – and that was after winning six league games in a row.
This is some of what Alan Pardew told the Shields Gazette today:
“It’s very much about business being back on – we have a very difficult team to play in Wigan.” “Their manager has a dilemma – he left out three or four of his best players, and they won 3-0 at Everton.”
“We don’t really know what their team will be.” “What we do know is that last year was one of the biggest disappointments of our season. We went there as a team in a Champions League position, and we got beat.”
“That’s what we have to put right, and hopefully we’ll have the mental strength to do that.” “You have to say that both teams are coming off the best result of the season.” “Forget what other results we’ve had this season, that was our best win.”
“They’re the best team we’ve beaten this season, and I include Chelsea in that.” “It was a hell of a coup for us, and Wigan’s 3-0 win at Everton was one of their best results of the season. “
“It made everybody’s heads turn.” “It’s important that neither our players or Wigan’s players get carried away. “Our business is the Premier League, and we need to make sure we put in a really disciplined display.”
Those are good words form the Newcastle manager , and we want our lads to turn up tomorrow and be ready for a very tough game against a side that took Everton apart last time out.
And hopefully we can get something out of this game tomorrow, and even win it, and you know we think the lads will turn up tomorrow – we hope the lads will turn up tomorrow. 😀
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