Alan Pardew was reminded in his press conference this afternoon, of last year’s game against Liverpool at St. James’ Park which ended up with Newcastle leaking six goals, and that followed the previous home game when we were shockingly beaten 3-0 by Sunderland, which was one of only two win Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio had in his short tenure as the Sunderland manager – and it was simply terrible for Newcastle fans.
Alan Pardew – no reason why we cannot cope without Coloccini
Alan was asked about last season’s game at home against the Reds:
“The Liverpool defeat was probably the heaviest defeat I have had as a manager, and you have to make sure it doesn’t happen again and build yourself up, and we did after that defeat, and take some kind of positive out of it.”
“And make sure it doesn’t happen again.” “We’ve got to bolster the squad and a couple of changes in the team may give us a boost and work out for us.” ”There’s no reason we cannot cope with Colo’s absence.”
There was news earlier in the week that Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa could come back into central defense, and that’s because of his mobility, which will be needed because of the quickness and skill of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez.
Also ike Williamson’s is best as a plain old-fashioned stopper, and of course he’s good in the air, although that may not be a specific danger tomorrow against Liverpool, since they don’t exactly have any big men up front – just good ones.
It’s definitely going to be tough for Newcastle to get anything out of this game, and we’d be very happy with a point – and delirious with 3 points.