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Alan Pardew ‘Changing Players’ Roles Is A Good Thing..’

6 years ago
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Analysing the ninety minutes against Wellington Phoenix, Alan Pardew has declared that ‘Changing roles is a good thing…’ when talking about needing flexibility during matches and a need to change tactics.

However, his words will also resonate with the many Newcastle fans, who believe one of the Newcastle manager’s biggest failings is when it comes to playing players out of position and/pr not making best use of them.

Pardew revealed that the experiment of using three at the back against Wellington, was built around how best to utilise Siem De Jong, which according to the manager meant the defensive change/plan was made redundant once the Dutch midfielder/striker limped off after half an hour. However, Pardew was full of praise for how the younger players reacted to the enforced substitutions.

Speaking to the official club website, Alan Pardew had this to say;

“The younger players had to come on and it wasn’t in a position of being three up like they were against Sydney.

“There were some really nice cameos, Ayoze Perez and Arma (Adam Armstrong) in particular were outstanding for the periods they were on the pitch.

“We changed the system first half to have a look at certain things, it was designed for Siem De Jong and when he went off, it didn’t really work for us so we went back to our normal shape and did better.

“Changing players’ roles is a good thing because when you are chasing games you need to be able to change your system if you are up against a brick wall.

“We wanted to look at the three centre-backs – it is all experience and we’ve learnt a little bit about what will and won’t work for us.”

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