Boss Calls For Monday Night Discipline
Written by Newcastle Utd
Alan Pardew believes another "disciplined" performance from his Newcastle side will see them pick up a win against Wigan
By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Alan Pardew believes another "disciplined" performance from his Newcastle United side will see them pick up all three points against Wigan on Monday night.
The Latics come to St. James' Park for a Barclays Premier League fixture (8pm kick-off), with United hoping to put an end to four successive top flight defeats.
The last of those came at Stoke last Wednesday night, where the Magpies were tough, resilient but somehow left empty-handed.
And the manager believes they will have to put in a similar showing on Monday to record a much-needed victory.
"Our improvement at Stoke was marked and now we need to see a result follow," said Pardew.
"We have to find a new way to win games as we have a lot of creative imagination not in the team.
"I thought we went about it the right way at Stoke with a real tough, disciplined display, and on another night we would have got a result.
"The players put absolutely everything into that game and they will have to do the same again on Monday night.
"Wigan won at Spurs and have put in some great performances this season. They also beat Reading last weekend when I thought perhaps it was against them to win it at the time.
"Wigan have good players who can produce great displays, and we've got to hope they don't on Monday."
Pardew revealed that his injury-hit squad could be boosted by the return of striker Shola Ameobi, who has been ruled out recently with a groin injury.
"Shola has a half-chance of making the bench," he explained.
"I don't think he's done enough work to be included in the starting line-up, but even having him on the bench would be a significant move for us.
"We have looked light in terms of changing the game, and especially at home you sometimes need to change the format or the tone of the game/
"Having Shola on the bench would be an asset to us."
Tickets for Monday's fixture are still available, starting at just £5 for juniors and £15 for adults. To book your seat, click here