Discipline & Patience – The Pardew Philosophy

What was always going to be a tricky match saw Newcastle United overcome their Welsh hosts with what Alan Pardew describes as, “discipline and patience”.

The manager’s mindset comes to the fore as it becomes clear he had drilled into his players how much to expect Swansea to have the bulk of possession but not top panic about it.

Just as well really when the Swans ended up having 80% possession in the opening forty five minutes!

Alan Pardew also revealed that he thought if the team could win the ball back in certain areas then Swansea were vulnerable, the second goal being proof of that as the manager points out.

If you have played football at any level then you know how frustrating it can be if the opposition monopolises possession, it is scoring goals though that wins football matches.

We got two of them and we have the manager who came out on top in the tactical battle.

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