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Newcastle Reality Sets In – But Two Wins And We’re Flying

10:26 am, Thursday, December 30th, 2010 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

With the relegation threatened sides picking up points in the first two games of the four game Christmas season, Newcastle are now just 3 points above the relegation zone.

Andy Carroll - one yellow card away from a one game suspension

But our first two games that we lost, against Manchester City at home and Tottenham away, were not really expected to get us many points, although the lads could have got something out of the Manchester City game, but gave away two Christmas presents in the first five minutes of that game, before putting in a terrific performance after that.

There’s time for a little concern on Tyneside, that we need to start picking up those points, because since the Arsenal win, when we were 5th in the Premier League, we have just 5 points from the last 8 games, and that’s hardly good enough.

But our next two games, at Wigan and home to West Ham over the next six days, are the games that will shape Newcastle’s season.

We have played well against the good sides this season, and not well against the poorer side, and that just has to change, otherwise we will be in a relegation battle this season.

Newcastle probably have better squads than both Wigan and West Ham, which was not true in the last two games, and if the lads play with the same fortitude and spirit they displayed in those last two games, there’s no reason at all why we cannot get two successive wins under our belts.

Quite honestly we’d be very happy with 4 points from these two upcoming games, but wins is what it’s all about these days, so going for the wins, as we always did when Chris Hughton was manager, is what we want to see from Alan Pardew.

We should have all our good players available on Sunday, but one worry is that Barton, Carroll,  Tiote and Smith are all just one yellow card away from a suspension – and Tiote will miss two games if he picks up his 10th yellow card of the season at Wigan.

If that happens, it will show that we just don’t have strength in depth, and if we are weakened too much against an improving West Ham side through suspensions or even injury, that could have some dire consequences.

But as far as our players are concerned,  we want to see them fighting in these games for a win,  as though their very lives depended on it.

If we can do that we can soon get ourselves up that league table again, and fairly soon too, but the lads must turn up and be ready to go in these next two crucial matches.

The big difference between now and two years ago is that we now have a set of lads who will go through hell and high water for this club, and in the tough games to come they will fight it out with the best of them.

That fighting spirit, guts and passion could get the club those vital points we need to stay up this season, and the last thing we want to see is another relegation – some of us just couldn’t take that for a second time in two years.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.



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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Malaysia-RASHID // Dec 30, 2010 at 10:40 AM

    Honestly, i worried about Barton, Tiote and Carroll yellow card which if suspend, will make us weakness and we need them for MACKEM and Spurs after this 2 match.

    if we lose we will fight for relegation, if we win will be at top flight.

  • 2 Brutooon // Dec 30, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    i agreed with you rashid, but hopefully Gosling, Ben Arfa is there when their are suspended.

    Players like Guthrie and Smith cant do a real job

  • 3 Rotonda heights // Dec 30, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    just wish we had a good footballing manager like martinez, di matteo, Holloway or poyet.

    Yes you can argue we were up against much stronger teams in city and spurs, but it’s the way we play that really sucks.

  • 4 dak76 // Dec 30, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Should have stuck with Hoots, we would have picked up points over the last 2 games.

    Pardew is showing us what he can do….. not a lot…… which is what he did with his time with west ham, charlton and southampton

  • 5 nuttyward // Dec 30, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    The toon are so hit and miss this season.
    is it just me or is the spark missing that we used to have under CH ( maybe ime getting a little paranoid)
    we need 2 wingers a forward and 1 defender we cant hang around for benarfa when games start running out

  • 6 Spotlight Kid // Dec 30, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    dak76@4: how right you are.

    Problem is Ashley ain’t going to admit he’s got it ‘orribly wrong with Pardew (I mean what’s wrong with your 70% off shirt, it’s meant to fall to bits…?).

  • 7 stevep // Dec 30, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    Es – None of those players will be suspended under the 5 yellow card rule as the next time they can get a yellow card is after the 31st December, they’ll just get a letter warning them of future conduct ( they won’t even have to pay the £15 fine :-), if they tot up 10 yellows they’ll be suspended for 2 games unless its after the 2nd Sunday in April

    From the FA handbook….

    5 Cautions
    If a player receives 5 cautions between the first day of the season and 31st December they will be suspended for a period
    of 1 match and be fined £15.

    If a player receives a 5th caution after the 31st December they will be warned as to their future conduct.
    10 Cautions
    If a player receives 10 cautions between the first day of the season and the second Sunday in April they will be suspended for a period of 2 matches and be fined £15.
    If a player receives a 10th caution after the second Sunday in April they will be severely censured and warned as to their future conduct.

  • 8 nuttyward // Dec 30, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    spotlight i know you are anti pardew but hes the manager and there nowt we can do about it so for FFS lets try and get behind them if everyone had that attitude we may aswell rap in now and not bother supporting our team. never mind pardew ashley and co its the team that needs us.

    managers owners etccc… come and go thats football but the fans will always be here (well i will always support the team no matter who the fuck is running it or manager)

  • 9 nuttyward // Dec 30, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    it doesnt matter who is the manager we just havnt got the quality and quantity at the minute.
    like ive said before a couple of suspensions or injuries and we are struggling. this team is from the championship we are now in the big league so FFS ashley wake up and get spending

  • 10 Howay The Lads // Dec 30, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    No he isn’t, Ed.

    January 1st 2010
    New Ruling

    To get a one match ban a player must pick up 10 yellow cards in a season.

    If Tiote gets booked again, he’ll only miss the next game (not 2)

  • 11 dublin mag steve // Dec 31, 2010 at 12:06 AM

    wigan play like they did last night and well get nothin sunday neither, this is a must win game as is the game against the hammers on wednsday i feared this was coming when i heard pardpoo got the job, the man is incapable of inspiring a team to put a run together hes not the man we want in charge of our team and your not the man we want in charge of our club but you managed to screw us over once more, well done ashley u f***ing clown youve gone and dropped us in it again thanks for nothin you clown. regards from all at sjp




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