Alan Pardew is hoping to get some of his injured players back for Thursday night in Lisbon – and it looks like Davide Santon will definitely be ready – and Sylvain Marveaux too – after the manager didn’t want to risk the Frenchman today, because of a slight groin problem.
Davide Santon scoring his first goal for club at Wigan
This is some of what Alan Pardew said to Rob Scanlon on nufcTV immediately after the game this afternoon – when Newcastle went down 4-0 at Manchester City:
“They had quality and the opposition was too strong for us today – it wasn’t a great result for us – they think the league’s over and they know that and they played with a no-pressure attitude.”
“We didn’t put enough pressure on them we didn’t keep the ball well enough in the first haf, and that’s an important lesson for Thursday night and going forward.” “Santon will be back for Thursday and Time Krul will be available.”
“And Marveaux – I was a little bit concerned about his groin – and he missed some training this week, and I didn’t really want to risk him today – I would if it was 2-1 or something – but he should be OK for Thursday, and Check was a big miss today – and Massadio has half a chance also.”
“The goal was perfect timing for Manchester City really – if I could have got them in at 1-0 I think we would have had a better second half, but 2-0 and we were still out there with great ambition, and should have scored, and we then would have had a different game.”
“But we couldn’t create enough pressure and their first shot in the second half goes in, we couldn’t put them in an awkward uncomfortable position – we couldn’t do that today – and you have to do that with good sides.”
“We lacked balance today We had some square pegs in round holes today but we should be better, certainly for Sunday. and hopefully for Thursday too.”
We need to show a lot better form at Benfica and at home next Sunday afternoon, when we entertain Fulham – and that’s now a vital game for us – and we need a full house at St. James” Park to cheer our lads on – hopefully to victory.
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