Pardew's 'Survival Of The Fittest'

Last updated : 16 July 2013 By Footy Mad - Editor

fNewcastle kick off their preparations against Scottish Premier League club Motherwell at Fir Park tonight.

And Pardew, in picking his team for the game, says it will be a case of survival of the fittest north of the border.

Pardew says Vurnon Anita and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa are certain to play because of their conditioning.

Alan Pardew: “We have a fairly young team, with a sprinkling of senior players.

“I’m actually playing the team that’s in the best condition. So the best conditioned player in each position will play.

“For example, the best conditioned No 4 is Vurnon Anita. He is in front of Yohan Cabaye and Cheik Tiote, so he will play.

“Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is my best conditioned centre-half, so he will play. That’s the reason behind the team.

“We obviously want to get off to a winning start, so we hope to do that at Motherwell.

“They have done really well, so it’ll be a tough game.

“I hope to see a few of our fans up there. We want to get off to a good start for them.”




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