Alan Pardew held his press conference for the Cardiff City game this afternoon, and as usual the Newcastle manager was fairly upbeat about things, and it seems the lads have put in some decent training sessions since the big disappointment of last Monday.
Alan Pardew – upbeat – wants win at Cardiff
Alan talked about needing consistency, but that he thought the squad he has for the season has real quality in it, and the main thing is that we can now score goals, and Alan said “Believe me – that’s the most difficult thing to do in the Premier League.”
And the manager didn’t seem too worried about our current position in the league table, and pointed out we were level on points with Manchester United, and it would take 10 or 12 games before the team settled down, and by then he hoped we were doing well.
He was asked about having an attack minded team, but that both full-backs went forward a lot, and that could have an impact on the defensive play – and of course an example of that was Everton’s first goal when Davide Santon was caught way up field, and couldn’t get back before Lukaku put the ball in the net for Everton after only five minutes.
Alan praised the attitude of Mike Williamson, which we have also done on this blog, and the manager said Mike had kept himself fit and trained hard all season, and therefore when he got his chance he had come in and done very well – and good for him – and it’s almost a certainty Mike will start alongside Colo on Saturday.
Finally Alan was asked if Yohan Cabaye would be fit, and the good news is that Yohan’s trained this week with no ill effects at all, and he’s fit and ready for the game at Cardiff City on Saturday – if selected.
We expect Williamson, Cabaye and Dummett to be in the starting eleven on Saturday.
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