We have to admit that we’ve been very impressed with the way Alan Pardew, the Newcastle manager, has handled the stress that he must have been under over the last several weeks, and if you get a chance to see his press conference of Saturday – take a look at it – you would never believe he is under as much pressure for the game at Stoke tonight – as he undoubtedly is.
Manu Riviere – in good form at Crystal Palace
Pardew is in Stoke right now readying the players for what is the biggest game of the season tonight.
This is what Alan has said today – as he talked about the form of Newcastle’s two strikers Manu Riviere and Papiss Cisse, who have both looked great in their last outing and each scored a brace.
¨You’re going to carry some scars as the week progresses.¨ “You can get an injury, the team doesn’t function in training or the press are giving you a hard time.¨
“So it does change your mood when you get lifts like we’ve had this week.¨ “In particular in the striking department we’ve had a lift.¨ “We’ve looked okay in the majority of games and have deserved more points than we have.¨
“But at the same time we’ve looked like we’re not going to score too many goals.¨ “The lift from the strikers has helped the squad and will settle us.”
We’d be very surprised if Papiss Cisse starts the game tonight, but he will definitely play some part, and if he’s anything like he was against Hull City last time out, he will be a dangerous threat to Stoke City.
But before he comes on maybe Manu will have scored a couple of goals for us.
Here’s the team we would like Pardew to start tonight:
Janmaat Williamson Coloccini (c) Dummett
Cabella Armstrong Sissoko
And only 24% of fans think we can win this game tonight, but that’s what we think the manager is looking for.
Howay The Lads!!
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