Newcastle’s next two games are very big games, and we have a chance tonight to reach the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup when we take on Tottenham at White Hart Lane, and then on Sunday we play Sunderland in the early kick-off game – 1:30 pm.
Alan Pardew – two big games
So two wins in those game swill see us flying but the most difficult game is tonight in London when Newcastle will have to field a weakened side because we have so many injuries.
But there again at Crystal Palace and Manchester City in two previous ties in the competition we also fielded weakened sides because of injuries.
The game on Sunday is almost a must-win game to break the three game winning streak Sunderland have going.
The Black Cats have won only two league games in their 16 games this season, but last season when they beat us 2-1 on 27th October at the Stadium of Light, they hadn’t won a game and had just one point from their first 8 Premier League games. 🙁
Current form doesn’t seem to have much to do with the results of these derby games.
Even though we have Daryl Janmaat suspended and have players out through injury tonight, Alan Pardew is very upbeat about Newcastle’s chances of reaching the last four:
“We’re excited and looking forward to it,” “There are some good teams left in the competition, which just goes to show the standard of the Capital One Cup this year.”
“We’re looking forward to going to Spurs, who are in a similar position to ourselves, in that they will be desperate to get through as well.”
“It’s a tough place to go and they are in form at the moment, so it is a difficult game. But our other two games against Crystal Palace and Manchester City were difficult as well, and both away.”
“We’ve got ourselves here, to this moment, and now we need to grasp it.” “We’ve played very well in the cup competition and it has provided a bit of a turnaround to our season.”
“The result at Palace was much-needed and then we went to Manchester City and got a result which I don’t think anybody expected.” “When you arrive at the stadium you don’t have that element of fear that can sometimes be there due to the previous results.”
“But it’s still very difficult to win there. Both times we have had a little bit of luck on our side. Tim was magnificent there the first time, and in the second we still had to have a slice of luck.”
“However, we also played well on both occasions and that is what we’ve got to do this time. If we can just concentrate on the performance then the result will hopefully follow.”
“We have a really big week in front of us, in terms of two big games, and we are going to try and win them both.” “There is a bit of a cushion between the fixtures, which helps.”
“Neither is less important than the other – one is about three points and the other is a quarter-final of a cup. They are both big games.”
And for once Alan Pardew doesn’t seem to be prioritizing the Premier League game, so we will probably play our best side tonight, and then field another strong side against the Black Cats.
Two wins will see us flying high, but on the other hand two defeats will definitely impact the momentum we have built up over the last couple of months.
We’re hoping for the former. 😀
Howay The Lads!!
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