With Newcastle’s game postponed yesterday, it changed the whole weekend for most Newcastle fans.
Alan Pardew – has 4 games in 10 days over the holiday period
And one of the difficulties for most of the married men yesterday, was what excuse to come up with for not going Christmas shopping with the wife.
I don’t know about you, but my wife can go in for say a pair of shoes, look at 10 pairs over an hour or two – get it down to two pairs – and then walk away because she’s not sure.
It takes my about 2 minutes to buy a pair of shoes!!
Anyway, with the game cancelled along with all but two other PL games, that means the win over Liverpool was the last game before Christmas, and that Newcastle are in 8th place in the league.
That’s not too bad at all, even though some of us are still a little annoyed at what Mike Ashley did to Chris Hughton, after such a decent start to the season.
But life goes on, and it turns out that from a week today, Newcastle will play 4 league games in 10 days, and that will tell us how well Alan Pardew starts his Newcastle career.
Here are the game Newcastle will play starting with Man City at home next Sunday afternoon:
December Sun 26 15:00 H Manchester City Tue 28 15:00 A Tottenham Hotspur January Sun 02 16:00 A Wigan Athletic Wed 05 19:45 H West Ham United
The first two games couldn’t be much tougher, and then the second two games we should win – so what’s the chances of the actual results being the other way around?
We’d be happy with 6 points from those four games, and we’d also look to start making St. James’ Park a difficult place for teams to come to – just like the lads did last season.
If we can stabilize our home form, we could even collect all 6 points at home, and it will be important to win the first game next Sunday against Man City, who are now starting to look like a decent side – after the owners have spent £400M on players, over the last couple of years.
The Magpies’ performance against Liverpool was just excellent last weekend, and there’s a case to be made, that the lads just out-fought Liverpool in those last 20 minutes, when it was anybody’s game.
We hear a lot about Alan Pardew being an excellent man-manager and that he can inspire his players, and if that is indeed true, he could be a good choice to follow on from Chris Hughton. Those were some of the good qualities that Chris had, plus he was also a first rate coach.
But the yardstick we’ll measure Alan by is by Newcastle’s attacking displays, and the players playing out of their skins for the manager. We don’t want to see any games in which Newcastle try to hang on for a draw, as Sam Allardyce and Mark Hughes’ teams so often do.
Chris was like a breath of fresh air at Newcastle, and we want Pardew to continue what Chris started. If Alan Pardew can keep Newcastle playing in an entertaining and attacking way, he’s not going to go too far wrong this season.
Hughton produced some famous wins this season – the 6-0 win over Aston Villa, the unbelievable 5-1 win over Sunderland at home, and three great away victories at Everton, West Ham and Arsenal – and we’ll not even mention the 4-3 Carling Cup win at Chelsea.
If Alan can get some good wins under his belt in the next four games, then Newcastle will be in great shape this season.
Howay The Lads!!