Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Time for Toon to Play the Big Boys and Go on the Attack; WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2013 Tactics Board A Look at Where Things Are Going Wrong - and Right - on the Field We Look at How Attack Is United's Best Chance to See off Norwich and Continue This Season's Fine Form on Saturday

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Time for Toon to Play the Big Boys and Go on the Attack; WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2013 Tactics Board A Look at Where Things Are Going Wrong - and Right - on the Field We Look at How Attack Is United's Best Chance to See off Norwich and Continue This Season's Fine Form on Saturday

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FOOTBALL, as you know, is an exact science. Just because Newcastle United beat both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, they will automatically and definitely beat Norwich City this Saturday. And that will be that then (wipes hands and walks away).

Alas, life does not work out that way and Newcastle, for all they have been good in recent weeks, will need to step up a gear this Saturday at St James' Park.

Why? Well, Newcastle's best performances this season, by and large, have come against the Premier League's better sides - you can throw Liverpool into that equation.

For whatever reason, the team are better set-up to soak up pressure and hit on the break.

This isn't to say that Alan Pardew works on a counter-attacking system, it's just that with such quick players in terms of actual running and also speed of thought, they are probably the best team in the league at turning defence into attack.

And that won't work against Norwich.

With the best will in the world - and we do all love Chris Hughton - Norwich will come to sit in on Saturday.

For all the money spent in the summer on attack-minded players, neither Ricky van Wolfswinkel or Gary Hooper have began well.

Norwich have scored nine goals in the Premier League.

Their away record so far reads one win, no draws, four defeats, two goals scored and 14 against.

Nice man Chrissie would bite your hand off for a point.

So this is a new challenge for Newcastle after two fantastic wins. They will need to take the game to their opponents.

Pardew won't change the personal too much, albeit Mathieu Debuchy is suspended which is a blow given how well he's been playing, But there should be a change in philosophy.

Put it this way, Tim Krul won't have to make 14 saves in this game - at least you would think.

More pressure will be on Yohan Cabaye in particular to get this going.

Cheick Tiote will do what he always does, being nice and tidy in deep, but it's the men in front who will be charged with going for the jugular. …

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