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We Have Strength In Depth – More Than Two Years Ago

6:18 am, Monday, December 2nd, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 2 Comments

Ever since we were taken apart by a good Everton side in that first half at Goodison on Monday night, 30th September, when we were 3-0 down at the break, Newcastle have looked a different side, and at Goodison we were slightly unlucky not to take a point with a two goal comeback in that second half.

alan pardew vs west brom at home 2-1

Happy looking Alan Pardew on Saturday

And in the seven league games since then, we have 16 points with five wins, one draw against Liverpool with 10 men in the second half, and the only blemish was that 2-1 defeat at Sunderland, which is still hard to take.

Alan Pardew has talked about that first half debacle at Goodison

“That shock knocked us into shape.” “Everyone is fit and available and with Yohan and Colo, you can see the quality in there.”

“Being on the training ground every day has made a big difference, ­especially for a group that is quite young.”

“I still think that Europa League needs to change. If they are going to insist we play Thursday, then we have to play domestic games on a Monday. That would be fairer.”

“We have strength and depth we didn’t have even when we finished fifth.” 

And the return to form of the team has come with some unlikely leaders – with Mike Williamson being a revelation at the back for us –  and he was again our best player on Saturday, and was very strong – especially towards the end of the game – when West Brom were looking for the equalizer.

There’s just no doubt that things are looking up at Newcastle these days, and out future now looks a bright one – maybe even a very bright one. :D

You cannot ask for much more than that.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Santon03 // Dec 2, 2013 at 6:32 AM

    Jesper

    I can’t see why we need to rotate players when they are playing once a week. Rotation will be better use if we are involve in more than 1 competition and have to play 2 or 3 times withing 7 to 8 days.
    I think this is the right amount of players in our squad, not too big not too small for the competition we are in. If we are going to challenge in FA cup then we will have more games to rotate players.
    As far as 1st eleven, I think this is the best 11 to play against any teams in epl. we have players that fight for 90 minutes defending and attacking, maybe Mbiwa could do better job than Colo. At this time I think players with the chance to go to world cup will be top priority to be in 1st eleven, I think this is why we have Colo instead Mbiwa.

  • 2 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Dec 2, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    Don,t hold your breath anyone.

    We may well be losing one or two of our top players come the end of January?




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