Alan Pardew has been emphasizing that this is the business end of the season, and that while it’s a tough game today at the Etihad Stadium, Newcastle must try to get a result to take some momentum into the game at Benfica on Thursday night, and the important home game against Fulham next Sunday.
Alan Pardew - we need to deliver
Let’s be straight – anything but a defeat today would be a surprise to us – but hey – we are willing to be surprised and even shocked.
This is what Alan Pardew has said about the game today:
“We are going to get a similar scenario at City as we will in Lisbon.” “So hopefully we can put in a really strong performance at the weekend ahead of playing Benfica. That would be the ideal scenario.”
“The most important thing is that we give ourselves a platform for both games.” “We were on a real high going into the Wigan game, but then suffered huge disappointments on a number of levels. That’s the beauty of football, how quickly it can change.”
“But while these next two games are a mouth-watering prospect, we still need to deliver. That is my priority, to put on strong performances and get good results.” “If we can do that this week then it will go a long, long way to how we are reflected upon at the end of the season.”
“Every team in that bottom ten won’t be comfortable yet. We’re all striving to get close to 40 points as quickly as we can and that’s our goal, too.” “History dictates that teams can sometimes make a late run.”
“West Ham once won five of their last seven when they survived or something like that, so you have to be on your guard as a Premier League side.” “This is the business end now and for all of us there’ll be extra tension on the game.”
“There’ll be extra emphasis from the media – and you all need to deal with that and be able to get your results.”
Since the five Frenchmen arrived on Tyneside in January, we have played seven league games and won four and lost three – 12 points from 7 games – and all three games we have lost have been on the road at Tottenham, Swansea and Wigan.
So we are going to need to turn the tables and play extremely well today, if we are to get something out of this game today, but that’s also not impossible.
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