ALAN Pardew fears Reading will “park the bus” at St James’s Park tomorrow.
And he’s relieved he’ll have Yohan Cabaye in his starting XI to help move it.
The midfielder – whose vision and aggression have been missed as the club has slipped ever-closer to the Premier League’s relegation zone – is back fit after recovering from groin surgery.
Pardew, wary of Reading’s counter-attacking game, is looking for a moment of magic from Cabaye, who came off the bench in last weekend’s goalless draw against Norwich City.
“He gives us a lot – he gives you control of the game,” Pardew said.
“You need the rhythm of the game to go your way, and we’ll need it against Reading.
“I don’t think it will be a game that swings end to end. It’ll be us asking the question, and a few scary moments on the break from them.
“When you talk about parking the bus, that’s what they’ll do. They are dangerous from that position.
“Hopefully, we’ll be well rehearsed for it.”