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.
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.
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