Newcastle did very well in the first part of last season through Christmas, and it was interesting that during that time we didn’t pick up too many injuries, but in the disastrous second half of the season, when we kept losing, we did start to pick up injuries and a number of our better players were injured – and that didn’t help things too much.
Alan Pardew on Tuesday night against Sydney FC
Newcastle have a history of picking up lots of injuries, and it seems our players tend to suffer from a lot of hamstring injuries.
Alan Pardew is already worried about injuries so early in pre-season, and this is what he had to say from Wellington, New Zealand today:
“The most important thing is that the game’s played in a sensible manner no-one gets injured.” “That’s the first part we would like.”
“The second part is that it’s competitive and that the teams are here to win and Wellington Phoenix we know will try to do that and so will we.”
“You’ve got to build that winning habit.” “And the third thing is probably the result.” “That’s the order I look at it.’’
‘’Of course it was a good win for Wellington, because West Ham have got some fantastic players.” “But you never know in pre-season what they did the day before – they might’ve been fatigued or whatever.”
“We worked hard yesterday, but we’ll have a lighter day today so we should be in good shape for Saturday. No excuses from us.’’
Newcastle play Wellington at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday night with a local 7:30 kick off time, and they beat West Ham 2-1 last night in Auckland.
Newcastle will be going all out for another win, although in pre-season there are other important factors as Alan has talked about above – but it’s always nice to get a win.
And we know that good teams always find a way to win.
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