Alan Pardew has held his press conference, and he has talked about the terrible run the Newcastle side is on, and the manager wants to see a good performance from the side on Saturday, and especially in the first half, and that should help to get the crowd behind the team.
Ben Arfa – struggling for Saturday’s game
This is some of what Alan said during his meeting with the local journalists today:
“Of course it’s been difficult because I have to wear the defeat of this football club and it’s not comfortable.”
“I want to win more than anybody, and for our fans to be seeing the three of four games that we have had, and not been at our best by any stretch of imagination – we could be better.”
“We need to put that right on Saturday hopefully with a performance that brings a bit more harmony back to the fans, the players and the group.”
“If you lose four on the trot, as the Newcastle manager it’s difficult – and I don’t want to hide behind it – I think we all shoulder responsibility, no more so than myself because I’m the manager – and I ‘ll shoulder that.”
“But I really hope they will give the team the great backing they always do on Saturday – we are not playing with super confidence – and hopefully we can put a performance in, that helps that.”
“Because it goes hand in hand so we need to put a real good first half display in and hopefully we can.”
We really do hope that Newcastle make a good start in the first half on Saturday, and then hopefully that will get the crowd behind the lads, and we can press on to get our first win in 5 games – since we beat Crystal Palace 1-0.
Alan also said he didn’t like the demonstrations of last week., but if there’s one thing that can be said about Alan Pardew – whether you love him or hate him or are neutral on him – he’s very strong mentally.
And given the amount of pressure the manager is under right now, that’s a very good personality trait to have.
We really hope the lads can break out of their very poor form and do three things on Saturday – play (very) well, score at least one goal – and win the game.
That’s what we’d just love to see.
And to end on a good note – Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy are both back in full training, and Moussa Sissoko is back running – but it looks like Ben Arfa is a doubt for this game.
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