Pardew - Demba Ba Has A Lot To Answer For
Alan Pardew says the Demba Ba saga had hit him hard.
Alan Pardew: "It's (the Villa game) a kind of restart for us because we are so much stronger in terms of depth and quality within the group.
"We have got Yohan coming back, and he's like a new player; Debuchy has come into the building and settled quickly, [Sylvain] Marveaux is playing well, and then the new boys on top of that.
"The loss of Demba, I think, really impacted on us. You only have to look at the goals scored and you would have to say it has.
"We have had to react to that and hopefully, we have reacted in the right way.
"We have had a small squad since I have been here and now for the first time, I think I have the full allocation, and that goes without the injury crisis we have suffered this particular year.
"We are up to full strength really and now it is about making sure we get the victories we need to build on this.
"People keep talking about finishing fifth last year and this and that, but that team, I have never been able to field because of injuries or whatever.
"We now have a strong squad. We will probably have a new look to us and that new look hopefully settles quickly because we have not got a lot of games left.
"It may seem like it, but it won't be in five games' time if we are still in this same position."
Source: Newcastle United Mad
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