This has been a good week so far for Newcastle United fans, and could get even better if we can get our four players who have been offered new contracts – Michael Owen, Shola Ameobi, Nicky Butt and Steve Harper – to sign their new contracts before Sunday.
Joe Kinnear – must have players mentally ready for Sunday
If that happens there should be a decent crowd at St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon for the Spurs game, and the anticipation and expectations will be high following last week’s excellent performance at Portsmouth, in what was our biggest win of the season, and one of our best performances.
History lesson and question – What usually happens when Newcastle United are in these situations?
The team has a huge let down, and fans again become disenchanted after thinking we may just have more than a decent team this season.
That’s been what Newcastle have done for many a season, and we are probably one of the most inconsistent teams in the league, good one week and poor the next. But of course the good teams don’t have let-downs, or certainly not too many in a season, and that’s why they accumulate so many points in the league.
Spurs are a much improved team under Harry Redknapp, who may well be the best English manager right now, and they reached the last 32 of the UEFA Cup last night, by drawing 2-2 with Spartak Moscow at White Hart Lane.
They qualified for the UEFA Cup by winning the Carling Cup last season, and last night they came back well from two goals down, to get the draw they needed to go through.
Spurs are very much like Newcastle right now, in that they have good players, are a big club, but have underperformed, at least until Harry Redknapp took over.
It’s the same at Newcastle but our players are now playing much better under Joe Kinnear. The only difference with the clubs is that Spurs have actually won trophies over the last 40 years, like the Carling Cup this year. 😀
But things may be being set up for a big let-down on Sunday, unless Joe can get the lads to forget all about last Sunday, not think they are a good team, and go out and do the business on Sunday afternoon.
We need all 3 points desperately, to give our great fans a happy Xmas, after all the shenanigans that have gone on at the club since August.
If Joe can do that, and overcome the weakness the Newcastle team has had for many a season, he may just be onto something big at Newcastle – but results on the pitch are everything in the game of football – we all know that.
We’ll only be happy with a good performance and all 3 points on Sunday afternoon, and we can certainly do that, if we can play at our very best, like we did last week in the second half.
What do you think?
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