Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I'll Be Positive . . If United Go Positive at Villa Park

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I'll Be Positive . . If United Go Positive at Villa Park

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LAST week was my last big moan of this season.

Well, I hope so at any rate. After having a bit of a pop at the club's owner and director of football, something I stand by, it's time to move on and look ahead to Aston Villa this Saturday.

I am a Newcastle United supporter so the column from now is going to be about backing the team, and analysing how we are going to have a successful season.

Something, incidentally, that I feel is well within our capabilities.

It's what football should be all about, after all.

And if I'm being positive about the team, how about the team being set out in a positive manner at Villa Park.

I'll keep my end of the bargain if Alan Pardew puts out a team to take all three points and not settle for a draw against Paul Lambert's side.

Call me old fashioned if you will, but I'd like us to go to the Midlands and try to win the game, rather than keeping it tight, and playing with two men upfront.

That last bit is key for me.

The lone striker fad is killing me. I hate it. But so many teams these days play with this system.

Spain started the trend by winning everything in sight with one striker or even having none at all.

But when you look at the midfielders they have, and we are talking some of the best that have ever played the game, Spain are the one team in world football that don't need a centre-forward.

We do need one. Actually, we need two of them.

Why is 4-4-2 so out-dated? Who decided that? The players Newcastle have are actually geared towards playing that system, with Loic Remy just off Papiss Cisse and a bank of four midfielders behind them.

That was the system that finished the Fulham game when we looked pretty good and peppered their goal with shot after shot.

Newcastle are not so great when we sit in and keep things tight. The likes of Hatem Ben Arfa are much better when asked to attack.

We are better when going forward. You saw that in the second-half against West Ham United and in the Fulham game.

I understand if Pardew goes to the Emirates with the intention of squeezing the life out of Arsenal.

But with the best will in the world, Aston Villa are OK. …

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