So the reassuring things that the manager can offer us is that we are allowed the same number of players as Manchester City and the home side will only play two classforward players at any one time. Well last season they played with a front four of Tevez, Nasri, Silva and Dzeko against Newcastle and I expect little different this time.
However, I think Alan Pardew has mixed and matched his line-up to avoid over the top criticism if his ‘first eleven’ get the runaround tonight. You would have expected him tonight to play as close to his team at Man City as possible.
What is less encouraging is Pardew’s assertion that he seems to be happy with what he has got. I read that on one of the forums claims that we’ve already done our transfer business in January and no signings are forthcoming.
Talk of Graham Carr and Alan Pardew leaving has gone, we can now focus on the future, bringing in some new players. Although our squad I reckon on paper is top 8 quality, we still need around three top quality players; a striker, a winger and a centre back.
While Cabaye may be right that the players contributed by not retaining the ball well enough, I still think the vast majority of fans will believe that Pardew sent the players out with the negative mindset as clearly when we had the ball there was nobody apart from Sissoko trying to get anywhere near supporting Papiss Cisse.
Simpson, Obertan and Anita have been more or less frozen out since the January recruitment and the manager was back to the blind bravado before the game as he tried to inject confidence into players I’m guessing he knows weren’t up to it.