Newcastle now have one win, two draws and five defeats in their last five league games, and must start to get more points on the board.
Alan Pardew – has some hard work to do now at Newcastle
In the last three games since Alan Pardew took over at Newcastle, we have got three points against Liverpool, and two defeats against Man City and Tottenham.
And let’s be honest, these are not teams we thought we’d get many points out of this season.
Where Newcastle have gone wrong so far this season is not getting the points out of the lower level sides in the Premier League.
But Newcastle can put things right in their next two league games, before we go to Stevenage in the 3rd round of the FA Cup on January 8th.
Next Sunday we are at Wigan Athletic, and then take on West Ham at home on the following Wednesday.
Let’s be clear that two wins in those games will put us right back on track, to be safe this year and stay in the Premier League.
But it’s worrying that when Newcastle are short of any of the following players – Enrique, Barton, Nolan, Tiote or Carroll, we just don’t seem to be the same side.
We were missing two of them yesterday in Enrique and Nolan, and although the lads were competitive in the first half, the extra class of Spurs showed in the second half.
We now have to hope that both Noland and Enrique are fit for next Sunday’s game.
One worrying thing is that Tiote picked up his 9th yellow card yesterday, and one more and he’ll be suspended for a couple of games, and if he picks one up at Wigan he’ll miss the West Ham game at home.
We suppose Alan Smith can come in – but when he last did that at WBA, we were just hopeless.
And Alan Pardew will now need to get at least a couple of new players in during the January transfer window, and there are a few good players who could be available.
But the main thing is for Alan and the lads to keep their cool, and start to play the football we know they are capable of – at least with the full side, and start to beat the teams that are currently below us in the league.
If we can do that we’ll be just fine.