ALAN Pardew is ready to sacrifice style for substance at Newcastle United when his side take on the Premier League’s big guns.
Pardew’s side have won praise for their attacking play in their last two games.
Newcastle played their best football of the season so far in last weekend’s 3-1 win over Blackburn Rovers.
That result kept the club fourth in the league, a position few felt United would be in going into the third month of the season.
However, Pardew’s has conceded his team won’t always be play the kind of expansive football that was on show against Steve Kean’s side and Aston Villa before them.
With fixtures against Tottenham Hotspur, the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea on the horizon, it is only going to get harder for Newcastle over the coming months.
However, Pardew – whose team also boasted the divison’s best defensive record ahead of their game at Molineux this afternoon – feels he has the squad to cope with those games and a Carling Cup fourth round tie against Blackburn.
And he will not be afraid to go horses for courses if he feels it’s necessary.
“I have to use those options – we’ve got the Carling Cup coming up, and some big-hitting teams,” Pardew said.
“We might have to sacrifice some of our style to make sure we win the game. Those decisions will depend on the form of the team, and where we’re at.”
Pardew has also credited new captain Fabricio Coloccini with having a significant influence on the team’s “personality”.
“I said he’d bring different attributes,” Pardew said.
“One thing he does bring is consistency in performance and consistency in what he says, something which we’ve not always had here.
“He knows how to win a football game and what we need to win a football game.
“He wants to win a certain way and the last two games will have been pleasing for him.”