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Pardew Decides What He Needs To Do At Fulham

8:15 am, Saturday, March 15th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 5 Comments

It has been confirmed that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will be allowed to contact his assistant manager John Carver during his three match stadium ban, which starts today at Craven Cottage against Fulham.

alan pardew with assistant boss john carver

John Carver and Alan Pardew in the dugout – but not today

With Alan Pardew missing from the stadium, you have to think Alan and his coaches have drummed into the players the game-plan for today, and what they all need to do, so that will hopefully mean minimum input from the touchline during the game.

But if Alan sees something that needs fixed, there’s no reason why he cannot communicate that to John Carver, but he’ll keep those communications to a minimum, as the assistant manager also wants to concentrate on the game.

But Alan will have a video analyst with him in his hotel suite, and that will give him a better chance to understand what is happening in  the game, as it proceeds.

And a win is what we all want to see, and even though Fulham are rock bottom of the league. there’s no guarantee Newcastle can come out with all three points, and Fulham are fighting for their Premier League lives – so to speak – so they will be motivated

But if Newcastle win today it will be our 8th away win of the season, and the manager is clear about why the record is so good:

“It comes from having a good game-plan away from home, having good pace in the team – which we have and which was a real problem for Hull – and sometimes a bit of luck, which we have had in certain away games.”

“It’s a shame it has not been reflected at home in the same manner because our home form has been patchy, and we are looking to improve that even though, after Palace, we have two really tricky games.”

The two games after Crystal Palace are at home to Everton and Southampton away.

A win today would equal the number of away wins we got when we finished 5th top in 2012, and there are still three road games left after today – although they are all tough ones at Swansea, Arsenal and Liverpool.

Comments welcome.



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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sparky55 // Mar 15, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Got a good feeling about today…LDJ to break his duck and we score 3!

  • 2 firebug666 // Mar 15, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    sparky55
    I agree with you mate, think this game is the perfect game to set de Jong on his way. His link up play versus Hull was immense and he was unlucky not to be on the score sheet. He is looking better and better each game. If we get an early goal today I think we could be looking at a big win.

  • 3 jimmysmith // Mar 15, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    We are right up against it. No Remy, no Debuchey, no real art in midfield and no f@cken manager, away from home and up against a team that are in now or never, never land. I think we can win, but that’s the best of a bunch of bad scenarios, and frankly not the best bet.

  • 4 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Mar 15, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Fulham are down there fighting for survival !

    Just because of that, this is is a game which could go either way !

    We need Carver to behave on the touchline, if indeed he can control himself and not move his head in the direction of any of the Fulham players !

    Pardew not being there might be a blessing in disguise? I think we can win today, but like i said it will be a fight to the final whistle where the Ref will need to have a good game !

    Is,nt it typical that the Hull player who lunged Pardew out of the way, got away with no punishment at all except a yellow in that game? If the FA were totally honest they would make Pardew donate his fines from both them and club to Sports Relief?

    A Glasgow handshake fro Pardew it was,nt but the resulting punishment and fine is way OTT i found?

    Anyone on here agree with me?

  • 5 firebug666 // Mar 15, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Yes I do agree with you, but more in the case of Meyler getting away with just a yellow card. It’s shocking how Newcastle seem to get the raw end of the deal when dealing with the FA. It seems the FA are against Newcastle, and are holding a vendetta against us for something.




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