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Alan Pardew claims great new master plan

6 years ago
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Alan Pardew has claimed that Newcastle United are even more of a threat at times when they haven’t got the ball.

The Newcastle manager reflecting on wins over Spurs, Manchester City and Liverpool when United only had around a third of the possession.

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Pardew claims that other teams are finding it hard to figure out how to combat the system he has switched to in recent weeks, playing 4-3-3, or in reality, 4-5-1;

“Our system is causing other teams problems, they will get to grips with it and we will have to ask a different question.

“We have played that system (4-3-3/4-5-1) with some successful (Newcastle) teams.”

The manager claims that while the formation is the same as when Newcastle finished fifth and the early part of last season, the make-up of the current team means that it is used differently;

“We played it when finishing fifth, and we played that system at the start of last year (season), but this team has a different make up to those two teams.

“Those teams were about possession but this team is quite happy not to have the ball.

“It can be just as dangerous without the ball – perhaps even more of a threat at times.”

I think to a large extent Alan Pardew is trying to fit his footballing ‘philosophy’ after the event, defending in depth and trying to counter-attack is hardly a revelation in football.

While we are all enjoying the recent wins and the fact the players are showing great application and digging in, I don’t think ‘being happy not to have the ball’ is a great long-term winning strategy.

Overall, the more possession you have then the more you win.

I also disagree with Pardew’s claims that last season’s early form and when Newcastle finished fifth was built more on having possession.

The 2011/12 season was built on largely even matches, or more possession for the opposition, then swift counter-attacks and wonder goals from Cabaye, Ba, Cisse and Ben Arfa.

Only in a late half dozen game spell that season did United ever really dominate any teams.

Likewise, last season early on, it was Cabaye and Loic Remy supplying counter-attacks and goals out of nothing, with Ben Arfa chipping in with a few as well in the very early games.

Nothing wrong with what is happening at the minute and defending deep to try and get clean sheets and rebuild confidence, but it isn’t a great Pardew master plan moving forward.

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