It’s A Tough Game Against An Improving QPR Side

Returning to action following the international break, Newcastle United will be looking for their sixth win in a row against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday at St. James’ Park (3pm kick-off).

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Alan Pardew – aware of high expectations for tomorrow

There are rising expectations by Newcastle fans,  after the lads have won five games in a row, and since we are at home to second bottom QPR, there is an expectation that Newcastle will win the game – in fact 63% think we will win the game and only 13% think we will lose it.

Alan Pardew is all too aware of the fans’ expectations for tomorrow’s game, and it will not be as easy as it looks, with QPR starting to play well over the last four games, and we will have a bit of a patched up side tomorrow.

This is what Alan has  said about the game tomorrow:

“This break seems like a very long time and we have had some injuries,  but hopefully we can carry on the good form.”

“There is a little more expectation on us now than in previous weeks,  and therefore a different type of hurdle for these younger players to overcome.”

“QPR have definitely improved and Harry has got a good unity in the team, so I don’t think they will be down the bottom end for long, but I hope on Saturday we can beat them.”

“The break gives you a little more time to address the balance, to get a team with the right technical flair and fight in them to win – against what is an improving QPR side.”

“It will be a tough game and the emphasis will be on us and hopefully we can deliver.” “Papiss Cisse won’t arrive until Friday afternoon from Senegal and so we still have people coming in.”

“We are literally kicking off the game with more or less zero preparation on the training ground.” “But we get chance to do it on the board before the game and we are in good shape so we should be okay.”

It’s always difficult for Premier League teams to prepare for the weekend game following a two week International break – but it’s the same for all clubs – so we’ll just have to see what happens.

We are at West Ham and Burnley in our next two games – so this may be the easiest one of the next three games.

Three points would be very nice – thank you very much – but it will not be easy.

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14 comments so far

  • Dulcinera

    Nov 21, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #1

    Hopefully Alan the football is a little bit better than the dross provided in the last few home games.

    All i want to see is an attacking team for a full 90 mins and not this stop-start, counter attacking slow bollocks being happy to have the opposition keep possesion. I want us to be capable of having an attack which consists of 20+ passes.That’s all


    Nov 22, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #2

    he does talk a load of rubbish at times. of the 10 players that more or less pick themselves only sissoko and krul have been on int duty.instead of saying gouffran could well start against qpr or west ham try thinking on how we can take the game to them ,also instead of keep saying perez has a lot to learn say the same to cabella or tell riviere to learn how to control a ball.

  • Dulcinera

    Nov 22, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #3

    I know it’s not a very popular belief to have on this blog but i think Anita is a cracking little player. He took the blunt of the abuse when we were on our bad spell over the past 10 months or so but he is a tidy player. He is probs the only player we have who was brought up of playing the game the right way at Ajax.

    I think if anything, his ability is the opposite of what pardew wants our team to play yet he takes the flak, if we played good football he would be the centre piece of our play.

    It’s a bit like putting cesc fabregas in a tony pulis stoke team, not that im comparing anita to cesc but you get the point. This long ball, 3 pass counter attack play is alien to anita

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Nov 22, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #4

    Janmaat willo dummet Haidara
    Rtaylor sissoko colback
    Cabella perez sammy

    My starting line up prediction

  • Reyantoon

    Nov 22, 2014 at 3:37 AM

    Comment #5

    Shadow… that is exactly is my team too…
    Even if S.tay is fit,better not to risk him as more tougher games are coming up,this is a home game,probably easiest of the next three
    we can use a player like streete too..
    Incrediblely, eight players are injured now,in this important period, if we can do it today, we can do it in the next three as well before facing those top four teams..Luke Edwards of the Telegraph predicted 2-0 win for US..

  • ilovetoon8788

    Nov 22, 2014 at 5:17 AM

    Comment #6

    Apparently callum Roberts is in the starting 11 against qpr. Any truth? Not very pardew-like move..

  • cyprus

    Nov 22, 2014 at 5:29 AM

    Comment #7

    both posts brave and controversial but well argued.
    I’ll be reading you 🙂

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 22, 2014 at 6:14 AM

    Comment #8

    Has someone hacked your account, that’s the most balanced post I’ve ever read from you.

  • sing in the corner

    Nov 22, 2014 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #9

    As far as the team set up…All does depend on how Cisse is, although it sounds as if the manager’s going to leave him out. It would be nice to see him start with Perez if fit, that would be the more attacking team everyone is craving. For me the middle of the park shades it for the key battle. Sure, how willo (cringe!) and Dummett handle Austin Zamora is going to be interesting but it’s our centre mid v theirs that we have to boss. Odds on this game finishing 11 v 11 please


    Nov 22, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #10

    This is a Potential Banana Skin of a game ?

    But if we handle it okay we should be okay, i hope !

    Williamson can on his day play well in the Middle for us but he can also have compete disasters and have games when its like he has his head up his Ass ?

    Hope the former is the case today ? I voted for the draw?
    I reckon 1-1 , but then what do i know?

  • Slank

    Nov 22, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #11

    I think this is the game that could lose, hopefully not but the signs are ominous

    There are too many expectations following our recent splendid run of wins playing against the team with the worst record for away games. This just says ‘shock result’

    Our recent wins have been based on a solid defence and midfield with a quick and effective counter attack where
    Colo and Abeid have been very prominent.

    I believe QPR will sit back and attempt to stifle our playing style and tactics hoping to hit us on the break.

    Whilst Raylor is probably not as effective as Abeid in the defensive midfield role he does however have the ability to score from dead ball situations which could be the difference between the two teams.

    If we draw that would be a good result. If we win it will be a significant achievement as we would have done it by breaking down a team intent on defending.

  • geordie157

    Nov 22, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #12

    I agree with shadow shearer on that starting eleven.

    I’ll add the subs.

    Eliot, streete, Anita, Roberts, gouffran, riviere, cisse.

    Slight chance of bigi making the bench.

  • Dennis Twice

    Nov 22, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #13

    Attack Toon attack attack!

  • Mag52

    Nov 22, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #14

    Dulcinera@ 1

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
    Give me a boring WIN anytime.


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