Pardew confident tactics are working

PLANS ... Alan Pardew.
PLANS ... Alan Pardew.

ALAN Pardew says Newcastle United’s rivals will try to smash the system that has lifted the club out of the doldrums.

But Pardew’s hoping his reinvigorated team can be unbreakable over the coming weeks and months.

Newcastle climbed to eighth in the table after a fourth successive Premier League victory last weekend.

United are also in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup, where they will meet Tottenham Hotspur next month.

The club’s upturn in fortunes has coincided with a switch to the 4-3-3 formation used during the 2011-12 campaign when United finished fifth and qualified for the Europa League.

Pardew, however, knows Newcastle’s opponents will attempt to get to grips with the system.

“I couldn’t be more pleased,” said Pardew, whose side were languishing in the relegation zone a month ago.

“I don’t know the stats behind the run – I’ve not really analysed them at the moment – but all I do know is we look a good side.

“We look a side that is very, very powerful, has great variation that I can change and our system is causing teams problems.

“The other teams will get to grips with it, and we’ll have to ask a different question.”

Pardew – who has often used a 4-2-3-1 system at Newcastle – says he’s “happy” for the opposition to have the ball.

“We’ve played that system with some successful teams here, with different teams,” said Pardew, whose side return to action on November 22 against Queens Park Rangers at St James’s Park.

“We played it when we finished fifth. We played that system at the start of last year.

“But this team has a different make up to those two teams.

“Those teams were about possession, this team is quite happy not to have the ball. It can be just as dangerous without the ball – perhaps even more of a threat at times.”