Alan Pardew Thinks The Derby Is A ‘Key Game’…
The first match against Sunderland of the new season isn’t until 20 December but Alan Pardew has came out already to describe it as a ‘key game’.
Judging by the derby results under the current Newcastle manager, more than a few supporters would question that and also the ability (inability) to rouse the players for clashes with Sunderland.
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What I can’t argue with is when Pardew states that that first derby match at St.James’ Park comes as part of a tough run, with the mackem match in December falling in the middle of games against [intlink id=”191″ type=”page”]Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton[/intlink].
“The derby obviously has great importance for us, and the fans, but there is a long wait for the first game.
“It is a key game for us and we know that, but there is a lot games before then, it comes on the back of a tough run.”
Under Alan Pardew these are the results of the derby matches;
0-3 (H) 1 Feb 2014
1-2 (A) 27 Oct 2013
0-3 (H) 14 Apr 2013
1-1 (A) 21 Oct 2012
1-1 (H) 4 Mar 2012
1-0 (A) 20 Aug 2011
1-1 (A) 16 Jan 2011
It was ironic that Alan Pardew took over at Newcastle only 39 days (Hughton sacked 3 days earlier) after that Halloween Special 5-1 under Chris Hughton and incidentally, Hughton sacked on 29 days after he led United to a win at the Emirates against Arsenal.
Let’s hope Ashley, Pardew and his players all make sure things are different this time around.
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