Alan Pardew is managing an entirely different situation this season than he was at the same time last season, and rather than struggling to get a decent team out for Newcastle because of all the injuries, Alan currently has all his first team squad completely fit and ready, and he has to decide who to leave out.
Alan Pardew – reflections on last season
And it will be interesting to see what the bench is this afternoon, and maybe we’ll see the experienced Jonas Gutierrez back, but there will be some very good players not even in the match day squad of 18 this afternoon.
Alan has talked reflectively at his press conference on Thursday about last season and this season:
“Sometimes when you sit up here as Newcastle manager and talk about injuries and the Europa League, the fans probably think you are making excuses.”
“However, it had such an impact on us last season.” “This year we do not have that pressure.” “Last year it was very difficult to select a side which I thought was strong enough to represent us.”
“And as you say last year it was very very difficult to select a side that I felt was strong enough to represent the team.” “But as we set off in December we’re in great shape, and I cannot thank the players enough for their application and getting themselves into top shape.””
This is the time last season when the season began to go to hell in a hand basket, and we didn’t win any games at all in November, and in our seven league games though New Years Day, starting in December, we lost five and won only two.
So it may be a good time to reflect on the troubles we were going through last year at this time, and the difference we are seeing this season.
And just think, if the lads can get the win this afternoon, to make it four wins on the trot, even the doom and gloomers will be upbeat about the side.
Well – maybe not.
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