Alan Pardew has been telling the truth today in the Mirror, and he admits he has been surprised by Newcastle’s turnaround since we were beaten 1-0 at Stoke on 28th September.
We are unbeaten in our last seven games, having won the last six and kept 5 clean sheets, only conceded at Swansea and Tottenham – unbelievable.
Alan Pardew on the touchline last Saturday against QPR
This is what Alan has said in the Mirror today:
“It has surprised me, and some of the football we have played has been very consistent. But we look strong defensively and are a threat at almost any moment in the game.”
“We want this to continue, but Upton Park is a tough place to go. There will be a tremendous atmosphere. They are only a point below us and on a great run themselves.”
“They probably brought in the best transfers of any team in the summer, and those signings have taken the team forward.”
And if Newcastle beat West Ham today, it will be the longest winning streak in Alan Pardew’s tenure at Newcastle, with six league games in a row being Alan’s record that we achieved back in 2012 when we finished 5th top.
It seems that the result today could depend a lot on how goalkeeper Rob Elliot plays, if Tim cannot make the game because of an ankle injury.
In the past Rob has done very well in the first team, including an excellent performance in the 2-0 win at Manchester City in the Capital One Cup in October.
Newcastle will find out today just how strong our squad is in depth.
We are obviously hoping for another win, and if we can do that and Manchester United don;t beat Hull at home we would be 4th top of the league!
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