Versatile Magpies impress Pardew

Tue, 27 Mar 15:30:12 2012

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew hopes the versatility of his players will help see them through a potentially thrilling conclusion to the season.

Pardew has been forced to make do and mend in recent weeks with winger Jonas Gutierrez lining up at left-back in the 1-0 Barclays Premier League win over Norwich last weekend, a game in which Yohan Cabaye played in four different positions and full-back James Perch started in midfield.

It was Perch who was asked to fill on at left-back for Sunday's 3-1 victory at West Brom, although he ended the game at centre-half after Fabricio Coloccini's premature departure with a hamstring injury, and seems likely to have to play there again on Sunday when Liverpool head for Tyneside in what could be a crunch clash in the race for a top six finish.

Many of the changes have been forced on the manager, but some of them have been tactical, and he is delighted to have that flexibility within what is a relatively small squad.

He said: "You have to remember that when you have had success, teams are going to come and nullify you and start working on ways to beat you, and you have got to keep asking different questions.

"But their application and attitude to them has been first-class, and that's why Jonas at left-back got man of the match against Norwich, because he attacked the job that was at hand. If my players do that and take that as a lesson, then we are going to be okay."


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