Newcastle got only 3 points from the three games that manager Alan Pardew missed because of his stadium ban, and now in the next four games, Alan will at least be in the stadium and be able to talk to the team before the game, at half time and after the game – so it shouldn’t be too bad.
John Carver and Alan Pardew – back together in the stadium on Saturday
Of course we do have another tough game at Southampton on Saturday, and for the last three games we could have expected wins against Fulham and Crystal Palace, but we got just the one win with a very late Papiss Cisse goal against Palace last Saturday at home.
It seems that assistant manager John Carver is pleased to have Alan back on Saturday:
“It will be great having Alan back because he is the manager,” “He knows his role, and I know mine. It’ll be better for him just being in and around the dressing room.
“He has different ideas at times from me and we bounce ideas off each other. I’ve done that with Steve Stone, but in all honesty, the manager has a lot more experience than Steve.”
“Steve hasn’t been coaching that long. It will be nice to have him back.”
Last night’s game was a close one, but Everton took the chances they created quite brilliantly, and we didn’t, and that was really the only difference last night.
But if we are to get anything out of the game against the Saints, we need to defend well, and not get caught short at the back, which happened twice last night, and of course we’ll have to score a goal from somewhere.
That’s the biggest worry – our inability to score goals these days with the impressive Loic Remy out injured.
But maybe Papiss Cisse can get among the goals and Ben Arfa is playing very well at the moment, and could stick one in the net at any time.
What do you think?
Note: Andrew Todd is a passionate Geordie first, and a final year student at De Montfort University second, and he’s busy working on his dissertation. His questionnaire is only for people in the UK Retail Sector, and takes only a few minutes to complete here it is.
Note: Sean Borland is a student in Newcastle and will not be at either the Man United (5 April) or Swansea (19 April) games – and he has tickets – £30 for the ManU game and £20 for the Swansea game – you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or sean4eva09 on twitter.