Alan Pardew has given his press conference today, and the bad news is that Papiss Cisse has been suffering from a knee injury all week, and he may not make the Spurs game on Sunday, but the Newcastle manager believes we have players to come in if the Senegal striker cannot make the game in London.
Alan Pardew – important we get away from relegation area
The Newcastle manager is hoping we can get our second win in a row and our second successive win at White Hart Lane, after we won there 1-0 last season.
Newcastle are in the relegation zone at 3rd bottom and we have to try to pick up wins to climb the league table.
This is some of what Pardew said today:
“It’s important because you don’t want to be in the relegation area. It brings extra pressure, of course, and the spotlight is on you whichever those teams are.¨ “That’s why it’s important to get a real run of games where you get a good run, and you get yourselves away from the bottom where we are.”
“But I have to say, the Premier League is very, very strong this year and any wins that I’ve seen, apart from a few, have been very, very close, and a there’s been a lot of good standard of play right through the division.¨
“We have not got a crisis, but we have one or two we are kind of waiting for – Riviere, is he going to be available? Papiss, Cheick Tiote – and I’m not really going to be clear on any of that until tomorrow.¨
¨But we have got players in the group to cope if they don’t make it.¨ “Rolando, I think, will be back shortly. Davide Santon is some time away. But Ryan Taylor should return this week, and I think if that’s not an inspirational story to everybody here and everybody in football.
¨ That’s because this is a guy who has had terrible, terrible bad luck with cruciate injuries, and he has come back again.”
Emmanuel Riviere hasn’t hit any form since signing on from Monaco in the summer, but young Ayoze Perez has looked impressive, and he may get some playing time on Sunday.
Ryan Taylor is back from his double injury to his knee, and that should inspire our players on Sunday – as Alan alluded to – if they need to look for some inspiration.
Maybe Ryan can get on and score from one of those free kicks of his – wouldn’t that be something.
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