It seems that Shola Ameobi was carrying a knock on Saturday and was not available for the game at Villa Park, but every other player was fit and ready to play, and if we can keep our players fit this season, we should do very well, and if we can keep playing in the 4-3-3 formation, then so much the better.
Alan Pardew – has Newcastle playing well again – now that he has all his best players fit
Newcastle looked a good attacking side on Saturday, and with Yanga-Mbiwa fitting in well at center-back alongside Fab Coloccini, we also looked solid in defense, with both full-backs, Debuchy and Santon, also having good games.
But there is competition for places in almost every position on the field now, and the players who start the games know that, and they cannot afford to have any dips in form, otherwise they can be replaced in the next game – and that’s exactly how it should be.
Alan Pardew has again talked about his team, this time in the Chronicle, and he’s right to say the team on Saturday looked very good going forward:
“We just looked like a team which was carrying an offensive threat.” “I have been saying all along, it makes a heck of a difference to a team when it thinks it can score goals.”
“This team can score goals now – we have Remy, Papiss, Gouffran, Sammy Ameobi, Marveaux and Cabaye.” “Suddenly, we look a side which can get the other side on the back foot.”
“We did that on numerous occasions in the first half. Of course, in Hatem Ben Arfa, we have a player who is unplayable.” “I have been saying since Demba left we have not really carried that offensive threat.”
“Loic gave us that. He gave us that bit of quality. He did a fantastic job in terms of the role in the team he had.” “I know we have had a lot of criticism playing the shape we do when we play the five – with the two wide players up the top of the pitch.”
“However, when it works, and it did work when we finished fifth, it works well.” “We won six on the trot with that system. It is something we have to get right home and away this season.” “It looks like everybody will train this week apart from Shola.”
“The new fitness regime and our medical team – everybody – have worked really hard to improve that. That is reflected in the performance.” “I had Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi and Gouffran all on the bench. It makes a huge difference when you have the best players available.”
It looked like Alan Pardew’s game plan worked almost to perfection on Saturday, and while the Newcastle manager doesn’t always get it right, he does get his game plans right more often than not.
And it’s true that Alan has taken a lot of criticism this year, but hey – all we want to see is Newcastle successful again – and we hope Alan Pardew can pull that off for us this season.
The main thing is to have Newcastle come back big time this season, and while it’s admittedly very early days at the moment, the signs are there that we can have a good season, and that’s something that looked a long way away at the end of our first match at the Etihad Stadium.
But since then we’ve scored three goals in the league and only conceded one, so our defensive record, which was terrible last season is now decent at 5 goals conceded in our four league games.
And with Loic Remy adding a threat down the left wing, to complement Ben Arfa down the right wing, we could even start to score a lot more goals soon too.
A key to the season will definitely be to keep are best players fit, and when you look at all the injuries we had last season and all the extra games in the Europa League, we just didn’t have the cover or depth of squad to participate in all those games.
But we also corrected a lot of that deficiency in January with five new players and added Loic Remy this summer, and the players are now used to the Premier League since all six have played in the PL since early this year – and it’s starting to show.
There’s no doubt that three wins on a row in all competitions has raised the spirits of the Newcastle fans – and that’s great – so lets hope we get a good turnout on Saturday, and we could even get another win against Hull City.
Howay The Lads!!
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