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Pardew Praise For Flair Players And Warriors Alike

8:22 am, Monday, December 23rd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 1 Comment

We don’t want to overplay what Newcastle did on Saturday at Selhurst Park, but in terrible conditions against a side desperate for points and who had won their last two home games, our lads did brilliantly in out-fighting the opposition, not to mention we played some really good football and kept possession well.

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Alan Pardew – a pensive look during the game on Saturday

And it seems that the manager Alan Pardew now has players who can carry out the match plans almost to perfection on a  good day, and that’s exactly what happened at Selhurst Park over the weekend.

This is what Alan had to say today about his players and the game on Saturday:

“The flair players will get the headlines but the warriors deserved them. I love Palace and I love this crowd but we won well and I couldn’t be more happy about how we did.”

“I’ve always tried to build their ego in terms of what they can achieve and you look at our dressing room today before the game and we had a really good psychology for this game.”

“That was in terms of what we knew was going to happen in terms of the swirling wind, the rainy pitch, could we keep it, could we retain possession, and we did it brilliantly and you need great confidence to do that,”

“If we can beat Stoke I do think the Arsenal game will be interesting for a lot of people.”

Talking of warriors, one of the them at Newcastle is Cheick Tiote, who will now miss the Stoke game after picking up his 5th yellow card of the season at Selhurst Park.

We would assume that Vurnon Anita will keep his place and partner Yohan Cabaye in central midfield, and that Pardew could play a 4-4-2 formation on Boxing Day against Stoke City – with Shola Ameobi and Loic Remy up front.

It would be great if we can win again on Thursday against a side who have been poor on the road this season.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Note – One of our readers Shaun is a season ticket holder, but is not in Newcastle for the holidays – he has a spare ticket for the Stoke game and can be contacted at s.borland@ncl.ac.uk and on twitter at sean4eva09.

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