Some good news today that Alan Pardew already has the backing of the Newcastle Board for some January signings.
Mike Ashley – will he open the purse strings – just a little?
We have to think that Mike Ashley will be willing to loosen the purse things just a little to let Alan sign two or three good players in January, even if some of them are on loan.
The very last think Mike Ashley and the Newcastle United club and supporters need is another relegation, and we all know that would be just too hard to take.
And it’s not as if the lads have not giving 100% in every game this season, including yesterday, when they worked their socks off for the cause.
And James Perch may have his detractors at Newcastle, but give the lad some credit for giving it all he had yesterday – you can never fault this lad for effort..
But at the end of the day Spurs were just too classy and had too much skill, and against a lessor side Newcastle could have won, given the decent performance they put in yesterday.
So it wasn’t all bad news yesterday, although yes it was a disappointing result to be sure.
Pardew seems to have the full backing of the Board to bring in new players next month, as he said today:
“I have the backing of the board, and I want to put that into place in terms of taking the club forward. We’ve secured Steven Taylor this week, which was very important.”
“And there’s a no sale on Andy Carroll, which is probably the biggest and best news we’re going to have during the window. But hopefully we can add one or two as well.”
Alan’s so right that the club has done some good business in keeping both local lads, Steven and Andy at the club, and both are some of the best players we currently have, and we think Steven is starting to make the back four look a lot more solid now.
The Wigan game next Sunday now assumes even more importance, and we must be at our best in that game, and if we are – there’s no reason we cannot take all 3 points. We need an inspired performance from our boys next Sunday.
Pardew is already saying that Newcastle need about six more wins (18 points) to be safe on 40 points.
This is what Alan has reflected on the last three games, and what he thinks it will take to secure safety for the club this season:
“We’ve got three really tough games out of the way and we’ve taken three points from those matches.”
“If we’d drawn all three, you would probably have said that’s three good results.”
“I think we need six or seven more wins, and I think this team is capable of that, and hopefully a couple more on top.”
That second sentence is very important.
That’s because draws are not worth much these days, when you get a full 3 points for a win, and unbeaten runs don’t mean much at all in the current game – and a manager like Mark Hughes would do well to realize that.
Theoretically you can go through a season unbeaten and end up on 38 points at the end of the season, and still get relegated.
Wins are what really count, and that’s what we liked about Chris Hughton – he always went for wins and of course last season he got 30 of them to get us promoted.
We hope Alan will also go for wins whenever possible, although it seemed the side was set up yesterday to get a draw.
How could we possibly get any goals yesterday with the side we started?
And we’ll finish by saying that was only the second clean sheet Spurs have kept all season in the Premier League, ever since their very first game – a 0-0 draw at home to Manchester City.
And it wasn’t because the Spurs defense were good yesterday.