Alan Pardew was full of praise for Southampton today, the club he managed before becoming the Newcastle manager in late 2010, after the shocking sacking of Chris Hughton, and Alan thinks it will be a great game between two hard-working and honest sides tomorrow afternoon at St. James’ Park.
Mauricio Pochettino – has done great so far at Southampton
Hopefully, we’ll see another sell-out at St. James’ Park tomorrow afternoon, and we see the club has been selling some tickets at £5 each in an effort to fill the ground – and a sold out Stadium can only be an advantage for the Newcastle team.
This is what Alan Pardew has said about the game tomorrow:
“I think we’re a very hard-working side with talent, and Southampton are like that, and I think it’s got huge significance on the result on Saturday that these two teams are going to collide in a real hard-working way.”
“And therefore it’s going to make for a great game, I think; both sides set up to attack and both pretty solid when they do attack.” “We’re very similar and I think it’ll make for a cracking game.”
“I think the biggest improved player there will probably be missing on Saturday and that’s Schneiderlin. He wasn’t quite as good as that when I was there but he’s made himself a terrific player.”
“Southampton’s a great club, they have a great tradition of playing football in the right manner, but this new manager has done a good job and taken them to a real high-pressing game without losing that formula.”
“They’ve had some tough fixtures but they’ve really conducted themselves well in those fixtures, although they could have had better results.” “I think Pochettino is handling the situation very well because this is probably the only ‘down time’ that he’s had since he’s been there and that’s a tribute to him for what he’s done there.”
Southampton have always been a great club, and they get some great support down there too, and have recently built a beautiful ground – St Mary’s Stadium – where they’ve been getting regular home crowds of around 30,000.
Both Newcastle and Southampton play good attacking football, and always go for the win – so it should be a good game, and we think it will be a fairly even game too.
Here’s hoping Newcastle can take advantage of the home venue and get another win to make it six wins out of seven – that would be great.
Note: South Shields local artist Robert Olley has a new painting out called “Derby Day Home” and it can be personalized so that any surname can be put on the striker’s shirt – the one scoring the goal – take a look.
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