Alan Pardew held his first press conference for a couple of weeks after coming off two fantastic league wins against Chelsea and Tottenham, but now we are up against a Norwich City side who we cannot under-estimate and manager Chris Hughton would like nothing better to get his first win at St. James Park since he was ruthlessly fired almost three years ago.
Alan Pardew directs things during Chelsea game – get out wide!
Alan talked this afternoon at his press conference about the fitness levels of the squad, which have been good, and we haven’t picked up too many injuries this term, well at least not compared to last season.
This is some of what the manager said today at the Benton Training headquarters:
“We knew that at the start and our Performance Director put a program in that was really tough, knowing that at the back of this season, they have a World Cup.”
“Their preparation has been very good and they have worked very hard, so where we stand today six months away, they are in great shape.”
“Yohan Cabaye being at the centre of that and Mathieu Debuchy playing both games for France was really good news for us, so our guys are really pleased about that.”
“Now it’s about focusing on an important game for their club. Today was about letting that one go. It’s great for them, they can look forward to the draw and the World Cup.”
“But for us, Norwich is the most important game. Hopefully they stay clear of injury and we have a good season and at the moment, the signs are good.”
The Performance Director is Faye Downey, and we wonder how much she has been involved through this season, and we assume her appointment as Performance Director is a long term appointment at Newcastle – we hope it’s a long term appointment at Newcastle.
It’s a winnable game on Saturday against Norwich, but Newcastle Achilles heel over this season has been our inconsistency, but the lads will get a chance to prove we are much stronger and more consistent side than we were last season.
And a win on Saturday could take us into the top eight in the Premier League.
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