Vurnon Anita is going to be a very important player for Newcastle in the game against Stoke City on Boxing Day, as Cheick Tiote is suspended for the game after picking up his 5th yellow card at Selhurst Park.
Vurnon Anita – in action on Saturday
And Vurnon will need to slot in and produce a good performance in defensive midfield, if we are to continue our winning ways against Stoke at St. James’ Park.
With Arsenal and Chelsea drawing 0-0 last night Newcastle gained two points on both sides, and we are now only 4 points out of a Champions League place and 6 points out of first place. 😀
But Alan Pardew is not letting his players get carried away with things, and proof of that is what Vurnon has told the local papers today:
“We will go into these games with no fear, but we must take it one at a time.” “Stoke is first on Boxing Day and we must prepare properly for that.”
“It will be like the Palace game and it will be tough but we must be prepared to battle and work hard.” “If we do that then we can play our game and then win the game.”
“This is a time that could shape our season.” “We have a lot of games coming up, but we must take it one game at a time a see what happens against Stoke.”
“Our focus is on that and then Arsenal, but first we must look to Thursday’s game and try to get another win.” “We know where we are in the table, but we must work hard every week and keep our focus on each game that comes.”
“We have to take it game by game.” “We can’t let ourselves get too excited, but if we win our games then we will see where we finish.”
We are expected to beat Stoke on Thursday so it could be a banana skin kind of game – and we could slip up.
But if the lads are as prepared as we were at Selhurst Park, Newcastle could get another win and move even higher up the league table.
And that would be something in this festive season.
What do you think?
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