Pardew – We’re A Very Different Team From Last Season

Alan Pardew has been talking about how Newcastle are a different side from the one that beat Manchester United 1-0 in the fixture at Old Trafford last season, when Yohan Cabaye scored the only goal of the game after 61 minutes.

yohan cabaye winner against ManU

Yohan Cabaye after scoring the winner last season

We have lost Yohan, Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy from that side, and of course they were three of our best players last season.

But the Newcastle manager points out that we have other attributes that we didn’t have last season, like speed on the break.

This is what the Newcastle manager said:

“We’re a very different team from last season.” “We were about possession-type football then, with Cabaye in the number ten role, and we haven’t got that type of player now.”

“We’re not going to be able to dictate like we did that day, but we’re a different side with different attributes. We have good pace on the break, and at times Manchester United have struggled with that this season.”

“We are always going to have a threat on the break with this team, and Manchester United will have to be wary of that.”

“You can sense a difference between last year and this year, and that’s mainly because there’s security at the club now,”

“Last year, they didn’t seem to have that security around David Moyes. But they’ve definitely got it this year.”

“I think the board have made a statement that van Gaal’s the man, and he’s made it very clear he’s their man too. Put that together, and they’ve got a great base for those great players, those great strikers.”

“They’ve had terrible injuries, like ourselves, but they’ve got a great chance of the Champions League and that’s what I think they’re really pushing for.”

With Manchester United using a three man back-line, there should be spaces to exploit, and their players are still getting used to how a 3-5-2 system works – so there could be some opportunities for Newcastle today.

But if we are going to get anything out of this game,  the defense has to be in top form and so does young Jak Alnwick in goal.

Only 17% of fans think we can win this game, and over 70% think we will lose it – so there;s not exactly high expectations.

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Of the three league games coming up by next Thursday,  this is certainly the most difficult one, but we should be able to pick up some points at home to Everton and Burnley.

Anything we can get today will essentially be a bonus.

Well, at least that’s one way of thinking about it.

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4 comments so far

  • sparky55

    Dec 26, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #1

    The teams results would suggest they’re not different at all.

    Amazing how you can change a team so much and the results are still as cr@p.

    Maybe something to do with the manager?

  • sparky55

    Dec 26, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #2

    and what on earth makes you think we can pick up points against Everton????

    …and burnley are playing well and with confidence at the minute…whereas we’re not…you do come out with some bollox sometimes.

    4 years into the worst sustained run of form in the history of the club our esteemed manager has yet to find a formula that works whereas Everton play the game exactly how it should be and Dych has simply worked out the way he set his team up in the early part of the season doesn’t work and he’s tweeked it like any good manager would and now the team’s playing well.

    That’s called management…something Pardew is incapable of.

    3-0 Man U today…we won’t get anywhere near them because we’ll be light in midfield with their 3-5-2, and we’ll go down there bereft of any sort of game plan that will counter it.

  • NZGeordieviaAfrica

    Dec 26, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #3

    3-0 to Man Utd??? Probably more like 5 or 6 nil????

  • Malta Mag

    Dec 26, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #4

    If Pardew talks about increased possession then why hasn’t he been playing Anita? He is the one player who’s whole football methodology was built around possession. If he is to maintain possession today then Anita has to play alongside Colback. I think our main problem however, is we have no target man as an outlet. No big strong individual who can hold the ball up for oncoming players from midfield. Nothing in our previous games to back Pardew’s claims of trying to keep possession however ample evidence to show we need that target man to get onto the high punts from the back and to latch onto our wide counter attacks. Score today? Man U to win by the odd goal.


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