Newcastle United’s Supersub Is ‘Knocking On The Door’
Like every manager, Alan Pardew will be judged on results and the decisions he makes.
When it came to substitutions today we saw Pardew juggle his options and maybe not many people would have predicted the changes.
However, Haidara did really well when he replaced Davide Santon and Adam Campbell fed the ball to Sylvain Marveux who make the killer pass for the winner, result!
“It’s a very important win because it gives us a chance to attack that top ten.
We were fortunate in some ways though as Stoke were excellent today and they gave as good a defensive display as you’ll see.
They stopped us playing and made it so difficult but we kept going and asked different questions, in the end it was a pass through the eye of a needle by Marveaux that won us the match.
The team’s done well in his (Marveaux) absence and he’s knocking on the door, he sparked us in that last bit and it was massive.
Sometimes it isn’t physical but mental tiredness and I thought we were slow, though we brightened up”.
I know fans who would have Marveaux starting ahead of either Cheick Tiote or Jonas and at times the French winger/midfielder does look the part.
However, in my opinion, he struggles to put any kind of consistency on the pitch and in terms of workrate, stamina and physicality will always find it hard to get anywhere near either of those two.
The role of supersub fits at the moment and at the very least it won’t do any harm if the current first teamers feel a bit of pressure on their places.
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