Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Saturday Is a Must-Win, So Pardew Has to Get It Right; 6 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2013 Tactics Board A Look at Where Things Are Going Wrong - and Right - on the Field

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Saturday Is a Must-Win, So Pardew Has to Get It Right; 6 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2013 Tactics Board A Look at Where Things Are Going Wrong - and Right - on the Field

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With Cardiff City looming on Saturday, Neil Cameron explores how United can get back on track DON'T let the other team utterly dominate you and score three goals in the firsthalf without reply.

Is that really a tactic or more a case of the bleeding obvious? If Newcastle United's performance levels drop to the level of Goodison Park, certainly the horrifying first 45 minutes, then Cardiff City will win on Saturday.

As will Liverpool the following weekend.

So what to do? One of Alan Pardew's problems is that he doesn't seem to know what his best formation is.

He started the season 4-2-3-1 and that didn't really work. Papiss Cisse was left on his own up-front as the midfield were ponderous in their support of him.

That became a 4-4-2 with Shola Ameobi starting, but that meant Newcastle resorting to playing long balls.

The 4-3-3 seemed to be working okay, but as the team have shipped three goals against Hull City and Everton - it could and probably should have been worse on Monday night - the midfield runs the risk of being over-run again if that formation sticks.

Newcastle only looked good when Yohan Cabaye came on, Mike Williamson shored up the defence and one or two others gave themselves a shake.

Cardiff are a good team and will be favourites this Saturday. A shuddering thought.

Williamson will start and is it time for Paul Dummett to be given his chance.

Davide Santon has not been at it for a while now. He isn't a natural defender and isn't left footed.

There is nobody in world football who you can say that about who plays left-back for a top side.

For me, I would have a midfield two of Vurnon Anita, who has played consistently well this season, and Moussa Sissoko, who needs to show a lot more.

Then let's see a three of Yoan Gouffran, another whose form has on the whole been fine, on the left, Hatem Ben Arfa on his favoured right wing, with Cabaye in the middle and further up-field.

Ben Arfa is inconsistent, but Pardew can't afford to drop him now. There is nobody else like him in the squad.

Cabaye was a transformed player on Monday.

His goal was terrific and came about because he was 20 yards further up the field than he has been. …

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