Alan Pardew on mass hysteria
Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew says that the atmosphere around St. James' Park is like 'mass hysteria' and it is making it hard to for his players to perform.
After a poor start to the season, pressure is growing on the Newcastle squad to pick up their first win of the season and they take on Hull this weekend knowing only three points will be good enough.
However, Pardew is not taking anything for granted and he says he is expecting it to be tough to turn around.
"The situation at the moment is almost like mass hysteria," he said to FourFourTwo. "It has really gone to a level which makes it really difficult for the players to perform in."
"I'm hoping we can turn that around. I don't expect it to be easy."
Ameobi ready to impress
Sammy Ameobi says that he is ready to impress if given a chance by Newcastle United.
The winger made his first appearance of the season against Southampton at the weekend and he is aiming to build on his display there.
"I’m just waiting for my opportunity now," he said to the Shields Gazette. "I just need to keep fit and keep ticking over. I’m ready to kick on."
Gus Poyets hints at rotation policy
Gus Poyet is hoping to utilise all his squad throughout the season.
Although he says that he will not change a winning side, the Uruguayan is aiming to make a number of changes to his squad depending on the opponent they face.
"I want to mix it because we have those options now," he explained to the Chronicle.
“Of course, you are not going to change the one who scores a hat-trick - it is doing it without going too far."
“At the moment, I have not done that. However, players are pushing for places."
Poyet backs Alvarez
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has backed Ricky Alvarez to be a big hit on Wearside.
The tricky attacker made his debut against Tottenham Hotspur, but didn't have too much impact.
However, Poyet feels that when his side have more possession Alvarez's creativity will come to the fore and he believes he can be a great addition at the Stadium of Light.
"People will see more of him when we are in control," Poyet told the Chronicle.
“For example, in a game like the one at QPR when we had the ball in the last third a lot he is going to be very important."
“We need to have that control first, but we are going to use him, no doubt.”
Adomah not concerned by lack of scoring
Albert Adomah says that he is not concerned about his failure to hit the back of the net this season.
The jet-heeled winger was Boro's top scorer last campaign, but has not been on the scoresheet so far in this one, yet this is not something that worries the Ghanian international.
“I know some of the supporters are having doubts thinking I’m not quite the same, but I’ve been involved in some of the goals even though I haven’t scored,” Adomah said to the official site.
“Because I finished top scorer people expect me to score straight away, but if the team is winning and I’m not scoring, the main thing is that we’re winning.”