Things are looking up at the moment, but that upbeat mood could quickly come crashing down, if for instance we lose tomorrow at home to newly promoted Hull City, and the last time this fixture was held five years ago, we were beaten 2-1, and that was the first match after Kevin Keegan had resigned from the club, and Newcastle were in complete turmoil with Chris Hughton being put in charge for that game – and we were relegated the following May.
Alan Pardew – seems happy enough with current squad
The lads are playing well, and we have successive league wins and three successive wins in all competitions, so we are hoping our defense can again be solid again tomorrow, and Remy and Ben Arfa can torment the Hull City defense, as they did the Aston Villa defense last Saturday.
And while Alan Pardew would have liked another forward brought in over the summer, the manager seems happy enough at the squad he has through the end of the year, and Alan has said this in the local press today:
“I have said all along – one more offensive player would have been perfect.” “We did not manage to get that, and in terms of depth in that area we are a little bit light.”
“At the minute they are all fit and well, other than Shola Ameobi and Jonas Gutierrez, but they are due back soon and that is a good position to be in.” “It is like all weeks in the Premier League.”
“You will have the first team happy after a win, then you have the reserves walking around not particularly happy because they are wondering how they will get a game now.”
“You will always have issues at the training ground which you have to deal with.” “I think there is a feeling the team is playing well.” “I have a good feeling about the team.”
“The players do well and it bodes well for tomorrow against Hull.” “It was the same formation which upset some fans last year.” “Sometimes it is about the personnel in the roles you have available.”
“We have a team very similar too, in its set-up to the team which finished fifth.” “It is something I have worked hard on this year.” “It could still evolve and we still have other options.”
“Yoan Gouffran and Sylvain Marveaux are really pushing.” “Shola was too, but unfortunately we have lost him for two weeks.” “All of our offensive players look like they have stepped up a bit.”
A win tomorrow would be great, and it would mean three league wins in a row, which is hard for any team to accomplish these days.
And the team will very likely be unchanged from that which won 2-1 at Villa Park last Saturday.
Let us know how you think this game will go tomorrow.
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