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Pardew’s Formation Lost In Translation

8 years ago
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Alan Pardew has come out and insisted that he did lay the team out as a 4-3-3 against Swansea, even though 99% of St.James’ Park and even the official NUFC website reported otherwise.

Alan Pardew;

“We played 4-3-3, we were 4-3-3, Sammy was on the left hand side and joining with Demba. I thought he did a good job.

Shola came on at half-time and upped us again. We had our best spell when the two were together”.

There had been reports throughout last week that the manager had been taking onboard the widespread belief amongst fans that the team play better in a 4-3-3 formation.

Watching the Swansea match it looked very much to myself and those around me that we had Ferguson on the left and Ben Arfa on the right, with Tiote and Anita in the middle. Leaving Sammy Ameobi kind of playing alongside or just behind Demba Ba.

Then at half-time it simply appeared that Sammy Ameobi was moved out to the left in place of Ferguson, with Shola going up front alongside Ba.

I didn’t really see Sammy Ameobi dropping on the left when we were defending and Ferguson going inside to make a centre three, as I understand should would happen in a 4-3-3/4-5-1 formation.

The very fact that Alan Pardew is having to defend/explain his formation possibly says everything.

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