Newcastle’s Set Up Could Be Problem For Palace


Alan Pardew takes his Newcastle side to one of his former clubs – Crystal Palace – this afternoon, where Tony Pulis is seemingly turning around the team, with two home wins on their last three games, and currently they are third bottom of the Premier League.

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Alan Pardew while at Crystal Palace from 1987 through 1991

Alan Pardew went form non league club Yeovil to Palace back on 1987, after playing for clubs like Whyteleafe, Epsom & Ewell, Corinthian Casuals and Dulwich Hamlet.

Newcastle need to get back to their winning ways today, after dropping a couple of points last Saturday against Southampton in the 1-1 draw.

This is what Alan has said about the game today:

“It means a little bit more to me, obviously, because of that connection,” “I had fantastic times there, it’s a great club and I’m so pleased they’ve picked up under my old pal Tony Pulis – a good choice by them.”

“He’s certainly got the ball rolling so that makes it tougher. Tony plays a brand of football that’s tough to play against; physical, demanding and at times direct and you need to be able to stand up and be counted in that manner.”

“His teams have tested better teams than us on that level and won but for us, it’s about how we’re playing. And we’re playing really well at the minute.”

“We need to bring that to Selhurst Park and if we can do that then they won’t get it all their own way and hopefully we can get three points.”

“The one beauty I have at the minute is the opposition manager’s not exactly sure which way I’m going to go.” “We’ve gone with a couple of strikers at times and done well.”

“We’ve tried to control the game and retain the ball with an extra midfield player and we’ve done that well.”  “So that’s causing the opposition a few problems: how are we going to set up?” 

Newcastle again have a clean bill of health, and with Yohan Cabaye back in the starting line-up after suspension,  Newcastle will be at full strength today, and it could be that Vurnon Anita drops down to the bench, after putting in a very creditable performance against the Saints.

That’s if Newcastle play 4-4-2,  but we could see a 4-5-1 formation that was so successful against Manchester United a couple of weeks ago, and if that happens it looks like Shola Ameobi will be on the bench.

A win is what Newcastle need today, but it will be difficult against Tony Pulis’ new team.

What do you think?

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24 comments so far

  • zoodin88

    Dec 21, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #1

    Despite the posturing, i think most people expect the Shola 442 formation today. Very direct to Shola from defence, hold up, pass on.

    This has the added benefit of allowing the midfield to play very deep. They know that Shola will buy them the few seconds they need to break upfield once they get possession. Not rocket science, and quite class NUFC i feel; we did it for years off the back of Shearer’s massive backside that was impenetrable by any defender on his back.

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  • Ben3arfa

    Dec 21, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #2

    Guess pardew always had a great set of hair even in his younger days.

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  • lesh

    Dec 21, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Zoodin….. Play Stoke – whoops Crystal Palace – at their own game’s the only way to do the business. The game has two halves and Pards surely will use the breadth of talent available to best advantage.

    Play the game well and Palace won’t be able to cope with brain and brawn on the pitch at the same tine.

    A Toon win, maybe a close one is tomorrow’s result.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 21, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Comment #4

    That last article pretty much shows how full of sh!t Pardew is, I’d be feeling very vunerable after being handed an unprecedented eight year contract, he knows he’s going nowhere in a hurry as long as he doesn’t complain to much.

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  • swemag

    Dec 21, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    Comment #5

    Is this the first game when we score more than 2 goals?

    Time for Shola?

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  • manxpie

    Dec 21, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    Comment #6

    jail how is that showing pardew to be full of shit!!
    so in your job you got a good contract (length not pay) you would expect to keep it even tho you under performed year on year?
    he’s said it exactly how it is and so far he’s had 1 good season, 1 bad season plus a good half season!
    so how is him telling us exactly how it is! “full of shit”?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 21, 2013 at 4:21 AM

    Comment #7

    manxpie,
    I think he’s full of sh!t becuase he knows he’s going nowhere and he speaks a lot of unnecassary drivel, especially around about the time leading up to the transfer window. Mike Ashley obviously likes to spend his time around bullsh1tters.

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  • NOVA2967

    Dec 21, 2013 at 4:45 AM

    Comment #8

    Photo is an awesome find Mr Harrison. Pardew is a class manager… can’t think of a better manager who would come to us. Long may he continue. But Ameobi should play the full game, Remy should of came off last match.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 21, 2013 at 4:52 AM

    Comment #9

    Nova, I agree with one of your statements

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  • toonicle

    Dec 21, 2013 at 5:24 AM

    Comment #10

    I’d rather Shola on the bench and have Benny play in his place

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 21, 2013 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #11

    id rather eat nachos in chocolate

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 21, 2013 at 6:32 AM

    Comment #12

    shola for 50 minutes to grind em down

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  • cyprus

    Dec 21, 2013 at 6:34 AM

    Comment #13

    Nova was it the legs that pushed you over the edge 🙂

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 21, 2013 at 6:40 AM

    Comment #14

    cmon twas the shorts

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  • Blofal

    Dec 21, 2013 at 6:50 AM

    Comment #15

    Im tipping Sissoko to have a blinder.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 21, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #16

    I will most likely miss the game today, but lets hope we will turn and play some football today!

    …something with a plan B if and when needed 🙂

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 21, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #17

    J4A…would that be the part about the picture? 😉 lol

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 21, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #18

    Jesper,
    Ha ha nice one, but no.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 21, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #19

    On Malky McKay, why would a manager resign and if not get threathen to get the can?

    …either way he will be out of a job, but the difference is if he resign he won’t get a compensation 😉

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 21, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #20

    JFA
    In all fairness to pards if he’s talking about the vulnerablity of his position it’s probably related to the media asking for an opinion on the Makay/Clarke/AVB situation like every manager has been asked

    Think we need to play Shola today, Pulis is a very physical manager and we need him up top holding the ball, HBA would get absolutely battered against a Pulis team

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 21, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #21

    It will be like playing Stoke. We just need to use the whole field and play wide, direct and fast.

    No need to play on their terms. Their defense need to be tested. I would rather have speed and movement upfront today 🙂

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 21, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #22

    tads,
    You’re probably right, just that I don’t have a pop at him very often so I have to get a dig in now and then to keep the Pardew haters sweet.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 21, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #23

    J4A…you have used all your amo on Mr. Ashley mate 😉

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 21, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #24

    JFA
    Lol fair play mate fair play!

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