Alan Pardew has admitted today that the way Newcastle played when we fished in the top five in 2012 were not working at the beginning of the season for the current group of players we have and so he changed his tactics, and the result was giving up possession to the opposition but having the Newcastle players put in a lot of extra work during games, and therefore having to be a lot fitter.
Alan Pardew – players are working their socks off
This is how Alan explained Newcastle’s new approach to playing the games:
“Our strengths are we have incredible discipline in the team from our offensive players.” “The current top model in Germany are Bayern Munich.”
“That’s their strength, that’s what we have got, and pace.” “We’ve gone back from pressing high, we’ve gone back from possession. With this group of players those things haven’t worked well for us.”
“Where as they did work well with the Cabaye team and the team that finished fifth.” “We put in 10 Km more than West Bromwich Albion.”
“We are pushing as a team to physical levels that have never been used in the past.” “All the Premier League teams are trying to get to a level that takes the game forward.”
“Fitter, stronger and faster – the Olympic spirit is what the Premier League is all about. They’re right on the edge now.”
It was obvious at West Brom the incredible work rate of the players, and we noticed in the last 15 minutes of the game our players seemed to be as fit as they were at the beginning of the game, and when West Brom had the ball we were still closing them down very well.
And to to play that kind of game the lads have to be super fit, and we’ve subsequently picked up some injuries in training along the way – so there has to be some kind of balance there.
Although QPR are second bottom of the league at the moment their performances over the last four games have been (very) good, so while on paper it may look like an easy enough game, we don’t think it will turn out that way.
Newcastle will be without Fab Coloccini and Mehdi Abeid for the game and perhaps Cheick Tiote is still not fit, so it will be a challenge for Newcastle to still get all 3 points at St. James’ Park on Saturday.
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