It’s Alan Pardew’s job through the end of the season – there are still 36 points to play for in the Premier League – to get as many points out of those games as possible – that’s the overall goal with the short-term goal being to stop the rot of seven defeats in the last nine games in all competitions. It’s going to be a challenge of his motivational skills.
Alan Pardew – our goals will not slip
The squad is back in training for the game against Aston Villa on Sunday, after another blank weekend because we are out of the FA Cup.
This is what Alan has said in the local press today::
“We have 12 games left and we have to maximize as many points as we can.” “At the minute we are in a terrible run.” “And the only way out of that is to really focus on what we are doing.”
“I never let the goals slip here, and I won’t let them slip from now on.” “Tottenham was a really tough game to be manager of this football club. I make no bones about that.”
There will be a big build up to this game, but all that counts is what the players do on Sunday afternoon in the early kick-off game , and if – heaven forbid – it’s another defeat and another listless performance from our players, that would be disastrous.
What we want to see is a spirited performance from the team, and we should have Fabricio Coloccini, Cheick Tiote and Loic Remy all back in the side.
But it could be that Colo is still an injury doubt, and he’s the player who can calm things down for the team on the pitch.
We are hoping the captain will be fit for the game, and that being the case, we should have a decent side out that can win the game.
That’s the hope in any case.
What do you think?
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