You cannot accuse Alan Pardew of being successful in the Cups since he came to Newcastle almost four years ago, but it may be that this season is when he needs to produce a decent cup run – if only to help our players raise their confidence levels – after they must have hit rock bottom at Southampton ten days ago with that 4-0 hammering.
Mehdi Abeid – could get a game tomorrow night
A defeat in the Capital One Cup tomorrow night will see the pressure cranked up big time for our next league game at Stoke on Monday night, and you can bet your life the media will build up the game almost as a do or die game for the Newcastle manager.
Certainly being a Premier League manager is not an easy job, as Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is realizing at the moment, and the Red Devils – after all the money they spent in the summer – are only 2 points better off than we are after being hammered 5-3 by newly promoted Leicester City on Sunday.
The good news for Newcastle is that Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote are back from injury, and they both had very good games on Saturday, but Pardew will need to give a game to some fringe players like Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi, Massadio Haidara and maybe Steven Taylor tomorrow night – to see what they can do for the club.
But we think given the importance of the next two games the manager could try to play almost his best team in both games.
A defeat tomorrow night would not be good, and if we can get through to the 4th round at Selhurst Park, that will give the lads some confidence that they can go out and get the win next Monday night at the Britannia Stadium, which is really what’s required.
But fans are not too confident we can win tomorrow night with two out of three fans thinking we will lose that game.
While it’s very difficult to keep in a positive mood with so much negativity around Newcastle at the moment, that’s what Alan Pardew and his coaching staff have to do.
Whether they are successful at doing that could determine their futures at Newcastle.
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