Newcastle manager Alan Pardew held his press conference today for the Manchester City home game on Sunday, and as usual Alan was upbeat and positive, and looking forward to the game on Sunday.
Alan Pardew – upbeat about Sunday
As far as the game on Sunday is concerned, this is some of what Alan said in his press conference today:
“We have had a very good campaign in terms of league performances as we have been very strong. In two or three games we have not been at our best but even Manchester City are like that.”
“One or two players are going to be missed like Fabricio Coloccini and Mathieu Debuchy, but we are in good shape to play a team at the very top of their game and it will be a real challenge for us.”
“After the last game I was very disappointed, not so much by losing to Cardiff who are a good side, but because we have had three FA Cup third round defeats in previous years and in particular because we controlled the game for a reasonable period.”
“You can’t start poorly and end poorly like we did against Cardiff.” “We have also lost the last three games on set plays which is something we have touched on in training and City are a real threat from them.”
And it looks like Yohan Cabaye will be available on Sunday, which is good news, but left-back Davide Santon seems to be a doubt, as Alan talked about the two of them:
“Cabaye trained on Tuesday and Friday and Santon has not trained so he is a slight doubt. But it is good to have Yohan back as he creates an opening in tight games.”
“We are lucky to have that, but City have five or six of that calibre, but we have one of our own.”
If Santon is not available to play then Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa could fill in for Mathieu Debuchy at right back, and Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor could be the central defenders, and the young and impressive Massadio Haidara would probably come in at left-back – so that’s not too bad a back four.
And Tim Krul will also be back in goal.
We have a chance against Manchester City, but the opposition will be expected to win this game – so in that sense Newcastle have nothing to lose on Sunday – and therefore we expect our lads to go all out for a result – and we need a decent result for sure.
Howay The Lads!!
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