Newcastle went from playing a 4-2-3-1 system early this season to a 4-3-3 system, which Alan Pardew has used successfully in the past – and especially in that great season when we finished 5th top back in 2012.
Alan Pardew – our new system is causing teams some problems
But Alan has said today that the team back then was different to the team now, and our team at the moment is happy with the opposition having more possession of the ball, and our lads have the ability to counter attack quickly, and that asks questions of the opposition.
Our lads also close down the opposition very well and make it difficult for them when they do have the ball.
And our strong defense of late has also helped a lot, and we now have three clean sheets in a row and four of those have come in this five game winning streak.
This is what Alan Pardew has said today:
“I couldn’t be more pleased,” “I don’t know the stats behind the run – I’ve not really analysed them at the moment – but all I do know is we look a good side.”
“We look a side that is very, very powerful, has great variation that I can change, and our system is causing teams problems.” “The other teams will get to grips with it, and we’ll have to ask a different question.”
“We’ve played that system (4-3-3) with some successful teams here, with different teams,” “We played it when we finished fifth. We played that system at the start of last year.”
“But this team has a different make-up to those two teams.” “Those teams were about possession, this team is quite happy not to have the ball.”
“It can be just as dangerous without the ball – perhaps even more of a threat at times.”
Good coaching is about getting a system that utilizes the strengths of the players you have available, and that seems to be what Alan has done over these last six weeks or so, and that’s to his credit.
But we cannot be satisfied with just fives wins in a row, especially since our record this year is still not good, so hopefully before the end of the year we can push on and get as many wins under our belts as possible.
And then next year we will have to keep up the good form,. which we couldn’t do for the second half of last season.
If we can do all that, then we could have a very good season, and that would be a bit of a shock given how we started with just 3 points from our first seven games.
Howay The Lads!!
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