Alan Pardew’s game plan yesterday against his old club again worked almost perfectly, and credit to the players who carried it out with great execution, and we looked streets ahead of Crystal Palace throughout the game yesterday and we could (should) have won by more than 3-0.
Alan Pardew waves to travelling fans at end of the game yesterday
Alan Pardew was very close to the sack last January, so it’s not too surprising if Alan is guarded and reflective when talking about how well Newcastle are doing – for the second season in the last three.
This is what he has said in the local press today – when asked if his team could stay at the top:
“I don’t know really.” “People can say what they like, but for us it really is about the here and now.” “But the truth of it is that we are playing really well.”
“If we can beat Stoke City on Boxing Day then Arsenal won’t feel so good about playing us and coming to our place.” “The difference between us at Christmas this year and last year is that we looked tired and had injuries.”
“This year, we are fresh and everyone is fit.” “With a squad that isn’t deep in numbers, it is very important for us that we stay with the pack.” “Everton are probably the same as us.”
“If they or ourselves lose two or three players, it becomes difficult. It did for us last year with the program we had.” “I think it’s fair to say that we have a team at the moment that looks dangerous. Even teams at the top wouldn’t relish playing us.”
We need to beat Stoke City on Thursday afternoon, and they are not the same team on the road this season as they are at the Britannia Stadium.
And then we have a plum game against Arsenal at St. James’ Park in the early kick-off game next Sunday, which will be beamed live around the world.
Alan Pardew will certainly not need to do too much to get his players ready for that game, and maybe we can add Arsenal to the top sides we have beaten this season?
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