Alan Pardew has dangled a rather large carrot in front of his players ahead of the match against Manchester City tomorrow.
The message is simple yet effective: “Avoid defeat and we make history”
This is true of course, certainly in the Premier League era anyway. Avoid defeat and it will officially be our best start since Kevin Keegan and his Entertainers back in the 1994-1995 season. However, standing in the way of history are Manchester City.
Being honest a lot of negative comments get thrown at Manchester City because of their wealth. Personally I don’t see why. If any fan they wouldn’t want that kind of money pumped into their team then they are talking rubbish. I’d love it, and my Manchester City supporting mates are loving it right now.
However their money shouldn’t concern us. We can’t do anything about it and we are following a different course as we try and get back into Europe. Small steps and all that. We don’t have a team that is filled with international players, but we do have momentum and a group of players who will give their all for the cause. Perhaps Pardew’s pep talk can spur them on to an unexpected result?
“Avoid defeat and we make history. That is something we can focus on,” Pardew told the Chronicle ahead of the game tomorrow.
He continued: “It’s a fantastic target for us and if you can’t put your body on the line for that you shouldn’t be playing for Newcastle United.”
“We have to approach it with a tactical plan to win the game. Otherwise you will get beaten, it won’t just fizzle into a draw.”
“We’ve looked at every game they have played this year and at segments of games. We feel that defensively we need to be very tight as a unit.”
That is the kind of rallying call I like. It shows he wants commitment and that he is prepared for what City have to throw at us. Will it be enough? Time will tell, but even if we do lose we can keep our heads held high providing the players do as Pardew says and throw their bodies on the line.
Howay the lads!