NEWCASTLE United manager Alan Pardew is looking for more of the same from Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran when Chelsea come to town tomorrow.
Sissoko and Gouffran made a positive first impression at Villa Park before fatigue got the better of them. Pardew expects cramp not to be an issue on Saturday as he prepares two of French signings for their home debuts.
“I’m hoping some of the cramp that Moussa and Yoan sustained was probably because it was their debuts,” he said.
“The French had an off-season period so we’re going to be concerned about them two for Chelsea, but we do get an extra day’s rest and I do think that is significant. It evens it up, so that is a factor in the game.
“Sometimes the first game you can get by with the adrenaline and everything but the second game can be a bit more difficult. We’ll focus on those guys for the second game – their level must stay the same.”
Pardew also hailed the resolve of Mike Ashley to keep the squad together, revealing two “enquiries” that were knocked back.
“I was involved in it two years ago when big Andy left,” he said.
“This year we’ve done our work early and go in the players we think we needed but definitely no-one going out.”