One of the things that may get us out of trouble this season, and even hopefully before the end of the year, is the effort and graft being shown by all our players in that last six games, three of which we have won with just one defeat at Stoke City.
Alan Pardew on Sunday – my players have given everything
When a team is struggling near the bottom of the league that’s what you want to see – the players being together and fighting for the shirt – and that’s what we’ve seen from all the players.
And because of that the fans have supported the team – and after 2200 fans being at White Hart Lane on Sunday – there will be 3000 fans at the Etihad Stadium tonight for the 4th round tie of the Capital One Cup – that’s fantastic.
The Newcastle manager made a point after Sunday’s win that he now had managed in 701 games – which is a lot – and if we keep getting some good results maybe the intense criticism of the manager will let up a bit.
Certainly on Sunday Pardew did everything right at the half, and he transformed the game in Newcastle’s favor with the changes he made and the instructions he gave to the side.
Here’s what Alan has said today:
“This team needs my help.” “They are a young team.” “As much criticism as I have had, I’ve also had some great backing.”
“We’ve got young players who are learning their trade and I’m learning about them.” “It’s tough, we’d like to be stronger.”
“I can’t ask for any more than they are giving me.” “It’s tough, we’d like to be stronger.” “It’s tough, we’d like to be stronger.”
“Foreign players, particularly coming from French football, struggle a little bit because of the intensity and the demands.”
“The demands to defend in this division are phenomenal.” “If you are a center-forward you can’t just hang round at the top of the pitch – you have to put a shift in – in every position.”
“So that’s something they are learning.” “When you lose Loic Remy and Yohan Cabaye that is always going to be difficult.”
“This year we have a lot of young players.”
With a win tonight we will be in the quarter finals of a cup competition for the first time in eight years – so it would be something if we can get through, but a game at the Etihad Stadium is one of the toughest games in England these days.
We haven’t had a fitness report from Alan so we are assuming Tiote, Williamson, Riviere and Cisse are still not available for tonight, so we don’t see more than two or three changes being made from the side that did so well at Spurs on Sunday.
Rolando Aarons is back in training, but we would have thought tonight’s game is too early for the 18 year-old winger.
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