I’m sorry, but yet again Alan Pardew has built up the opposition as though we were facing a crack team rather than West Ham v Newcastle.
Speaking ahead of the game, the Newcastle manager has talked of facing a ‘wall of positivity’ and generally building up the opposition – based on exactly what?
Yes West Ham won a crucial relegation clash at Cardiff but if you saw the highlights then you will know they were very very lucky and their goal led a charmed life. The home side had 19 shots and dominated possession with 63%, in contrast the Hammers only had 3 shots on target and scored from 2 of them!
“They are coming off a big win and they probably have big Andy coming back into the side, it is now time to turn the corner for West Ham.
“So we are coming up against a wall of positivity and we are going to have to try for a victory.
“I think Andy is a presence that can get his game together quite quickly.
“It is not based around fitness or sharpness, he is a big aggressive target man and he is very good at that. I would expect him to be as problematic on Saturday if he starts, as if he had played ten games.
“We are wary of that but we know him very well, he is a local lad and obviously came through the ranks here, so we know everything about him and hopefully we can deal with him.
“We are playing well and we need to take that to West Ham.”
Yes that win at Cardiff will have given West Ham hope/relief and some confidence but they are now likely to have five defenders missing altogether as Tompkins was sent off and Demel picked up a bad injury. Add to this Nolan is suspended, they had a combined scoreline of 11-0 from their previous two matches and hadn’t won in the league since November before that lucky win in Wales.
Yes Andy Carroll can be a threat but after so long out I doubt if he will manage more than a half and so that is likely to mean Carlton Cole is their biggest goal threat, a player they let go and then took back on a temporary basis before eventually giving him another contract.
The ‘wall of positivity’ needs to at last come from Alan Pardew, go out and attack a really poor West Ham team with a makeshift defence and brittle confidence.
Please please please, don’t let us see Newcastle sitting back and keeping it tight, with the ‘cunning plan’ of putting Ben Arfa on after 65 minutes to then go and try to win the game.
Start the match like we/he did at White Hart Lane when Newcastle pressed from the start and scored a goal and could have another one or two, then had something to defend against a Spurs side far superior to this negative Fat Sam Hammers team.
If Newcastle sit back, yet again, it simply hands the initiative to the home team, giving them confidence and the possibility of scoring first and as we know – Newcastle coming back after going behind is one thing that very rarely happens under Alan Pardew.
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