With Newcastle now having decent strength in depth in the squad, when we have an awful and uncommitted display as we all witnessed last Saturday against Hull City, Alan Pardew must drop some players and give opportunities to others, who are only waiting for their chance in the wings – so to speak.
Local lad Paul Dummett – will play tonight
And Alan mentioned a few times in yesterday’s press conference that he was still livid about that terrible display on Saturday.
This is some of what Alan said:
“I’m absolutely livid about Saturday.” “For me, I’ve looked at the team, and I think one or two deserve a chance to press their claims, in particular Sammy Ameobi and Dummett.”
“Those two are going to play. They’re from the Academy, I’m desperate for them to push their claims. They’ll get that chance.” “My focus is on the group. I’ve got to keep the group motivated.”
“Therefore, when the team doesn’t play well on a Saturday in the Premier League, I’ll give opportunities to others. I’m prepared to do that.” “It needs to be a team that’s good enough to beat Leeds, and I’d like to think this team will be.”
“It’s an important game for us,” “It’s my first domestic cup tie at home and I want to win it.” “It’s also a little taster of what we had last year in the Europa League.”
“It thought they were cracking games. I want a bit of that against a great name in football, Leeds United.”
In fact Alan was not correct when he said this was his first home tie in any of the domestic cups, because that was against Blackburn in the FA Cup a year last January, that’s when Ben Arfa got that fantastic individual goal when he went through the Blackburn defense and smashed the ball into the back of the net with that magnificent left foot of his.
Here are the highlights of that game.
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