Alan Pardew has pointed out that Newcastle can change their tactics for every game if necessary, and then players can execute the game plan, which they did on Saturday at Old Trafford almost to perfection, and that’s what makes Newcastle dangerous this season.
Davide Moyes and Alan Pardew on Saturday
So Alan Pardew got the win for the first time since Saturday, February 12th 1972, when the great Joe Harvey was manager, and that win at Old Trafford was just one week after the 2-1 home loss at Hereford United after extra time in the 3rd round of the FA Cup.
And that was the replay, after the game at St. James’ Park had ended in a 2-2 draw, and that was one of the biggest upsets ever in the FA Cup.
So it was a good reaction by Joe Harvey’s team just seven days later, and we took Manchester United apart 2-0 in that game.
An upbeat Alan Pardew said this about Saturday’s game:
“It’s the top teams we have done well against this year.” “Tottenham, Chelsea, Liverpool and now Man United.”
“This team were asked to play a very different way and they answered that.”
“We can change our tactics and win. We can feel confident to do that. And that makes us dangerous.” “We had to eradicate the performance at Swansea.”
“I must take some blame for that. I must make sure I use all of my squad. I have good players in the background.” “I have to be confident to put them in.”
“Swansea gave us a kick up the bottom in terms of how to keep possession.” “And how to have control.” “We let control go in the week.” “We made it clear we went there to Old Trafford to play and to try to win.”
“We never even contemplated a draw.” “There was a real feeling in that dressing room we could win.”
Yohan Cabaye picked up a yellow card after only eight minutes on Saturday, and that was his 5th yellow card of the season and so the Frenchman will miss Newcastle’s next game at home to Southampton on Saturday afternoon – another very tough game.
That could keep Vurnon Anita in the side, and we expect Loic Remy and Shola Ameobi to be back up front in a 4-4-2 formation for that game.
Another win is what the doctor ordered, and then we could be really flying high, as we are on 26 points from 15 games, and 4 points off second place – 5 points with goal difference.
Over the weekend we gained 3 points on Chelsea and Manchester United, and 2 points on Manchester City, Arsenal and Everton, and all but the Red Devils are currently above us in the league table.
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