While Aston Villa are no Chelsea or Tottenham, it will not be an easy game on Sunday, and the opposition play better on the road than they do at Villa Park, and this season they have earned 17 of their 28 points away from home.
Alan Pardew – players trained much better this week
And the first 20 minutes of this game will be important to Newcastle, because we just cannot get off to a bad start – one reason being if that happens the fans could again turn on the players.
But on the positive side, Newcastle could have their strongest side out on Sunday, with Remy, Tiote and captain Coloccini all available again.
After the Tottenham game there was quite rightly fury on Tyneside from the fans, for a really gutless performance against Spurs.
And the players weren’t feeling too good either, and Alan Pardew said that was reflected in the training last week, after our third defeat in a row.
But things seemed to have improved this week, with Cheick Tiote and Fab Coloccini were back in training.
This is what Alan has said in the local press:
“They were very, very strong – they worked really hard.” “They’re in a better position mentally.” “Obviously, we’ve got 12 games left to finish strongly.”
“The games coming are more winnable than Chelsea away and Tottenham at home and our stats suggest we’re not the same team without Colo.”
“It’s like Liverpool losing Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel.” “Take those three out of Liverpool and they’d be damaged. We’ve been damaged.”
“But that can’t excuse what happened against Spurs. It doesn’t.”
Pardew is referring there to not having Remy, Tiote and Colo in the last few games, and of course it’s really four with Yohan Cabaye gone forever.
But it doesn’t say much for the strength of our squad when we lose three players, and we perform like the lads did in our last game – there’s just no excuse for that, and the manager is aware of that.
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