When we were playing well two seasons ago, Alan Pardew deployed a 4-3-3 system, and we still remember when we ripped West Brom apart in the game at the Hawthorns, and we were 3-0 up at the half, and the game had been won.
Alan Pardew – good start to the season
We weren’t quite as penetrative on Saturday at Villa Park, but Newcastle looking a good attacking side in that same formation, with Loic Remy seeming to make all the difference on the left wing, and of course Remy can also play on the right or up the center – and he already looks an excellent acquisition for the season.
Alan Pardew has come under some big criticism this year for the side not playing well, and yes we have had a lot of injuries, but we have none at the moment, and if we can keep our players fit and healthy – and with fewer games to play this season – we could be a lot more successful than we ever imagined.
This is what Alan has said today in the local papers today:
“I’ve been saying since Demba left that we’ve 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’ve had a lot of criticism playing the shape that we do when we play the five – with the two wide players up the top of the pitch – but when it works, and it did work when we finished fifth, it works really well.”
“We won six on the trot with that system. It’s something that we’ve got to get right home and away this season.”
It’s too early in the season to think we can do really well but at least the signs are there that we now have a good side, maybe even a very good side, when all our top players are available.
But we need to take one game at a time, and the next test is at home to Hull City this Saturday, and the last time we played them in this fixture was five years ago they beat us 2-1, and we could only draw the game away from home at Hull the following January, and they finished one point us above us in the league, and we were relegated.
We should remember those two games when we face them again on Saturday – that should be good motivation.
Hopefully next May we will be a lot higher than 3rd bottom, maybe even a lot higher.
It was a good display and a great result on Saturday.
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