Stuart Pearce suggests best approach for Newcastle United this week

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Former England under-21 boss Stuart Pearce has suggested how Newcastle United need to approach the next few days.

Former England under-21 manager Stuart Pearce told talkSPORT yesterday evening that he feels Newcastle United have to take a ‘micro-season’ approach to the rest of the week.

Newcastle face one of the biggest matches in their history this weekend against West Ham United, which could determine whether they are playing top flight or second flight football next year.

It’s difficult to suggest the right approach for John Carver to take but Pearce feels the best idea for the Magpies boss could be to take things one game at a time.

“I look at Newcastle and I think they almost have to go into micro-season mode and look to keep things simple,” he said

Stats are important and form part and parcel of preparation for any game, but Carver can’t simply rely on numbers.

He needs to show a good feeling in training and has to sense the attitude and mood of his players, stepping in when he needs to and trusting his instincts.

The stats will show where Newcastle’s strengths are, what West Ham’s weaknesses are and they will also tell Carver all about the current fitness levels of his key players.

However, the match this weekend isn’t a normal 90 minutes because of everything that’s at stake for the team.

Carver has to find the right balance between a ‘micro-season’ approach based on the stats as well as trusting himself and what he sees in training over the rest of the week.

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