589 Reasons Is All The Proof You Need
An excellent first half display laid the foundation for another three points at Crystal Palace, with an impressive number of Newcastle passes and possession. This fixture was a potential banana skin with Palace enjoying something of a resurgence under the leadership of their new boss, the track suit clad, egomaniac, Tony Pullis.
I have rarely seen our midfield so comfortable on the ball, particularly away from home, making an impressive 589 passes and enjoying 67% of possession. At a glance, clad in the bright yellow 3rd kit, you could’ve been forgiven for assuming you were watching Brazil! They didn’t looked rushed, didn’t panic on the ball, showed great movement supporting each other, and best of all, didn’t hump the ball forwards at every opportunity. Tiote and Anita looked particularly solid and formed a great partnership protecting the centre backs. They used the ball sensibly, giving it to feet and didn’t over complicate things.
Pardew described Cabaye as the X-factor at Palace and he could’ve quite easily ended up with a hat-trick. He linked the play well from midfield and looked likely to hit the target each time in possession in the final third.
Remy hasn’t been at his best the last few games but it’s great to see the confidence in players like Sissoko, Gouffran, and Cabaye, who have been able to step up and provide game winning moments.
The back four rarely looked troubled with Debuchy and Williamson again putting in impressive performances. What a difference we’ve seen in Williamson!? Apart from the fact that incredibly he is still yet to score for us in the league, he looks every bit the centre-half that we have been wishing for in recent transfer windows.
Tiote’s soft booking and resulting one game suspension has given Pardew a decision to ponder over his Christmas dinner. I’m hoping that the positive Christmas spirit will rub off on him and he’ll have Anita sit deep against Stoke and move Sissoko alongside Cabaye in the middle of midfield, bringing in Ben Arfa, who’s looked excellent in his recent cameo appearances, down the right.
Let’s take the game to Stoke on the ground and play around them. Hoofing it to Shola against Shawcross and the rest of their Neanderthal rearguard isn’t going to do the job.
Best wishes to all for 2014 along with a top 8 league finish. Howay the lads!
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