There’s no doubt that our next two league games against lower league sides Wigan and West Ham could shape Newcastle’s season.
Shola Ameobi – good chance for Shola to shine
It has not gone unnoticed that Newcastle’s form since the amazing 1-0 win at Arsenal, which followed the 5-1 annihilation of Sunderland, is less than good, with just one win and two draws in those last 8 games.
And we sliding down the table as a result of that.
Nobody really expected Newcastle to pick up points against the top sides like Tottenham and Manchester City, but we have to pick up points against the bottom 10 sides, something we haven’t been too good at so far this season.
We’ve already lost to Blackpool, Blackburn, Stoke, Bolton and West Brom and only drawn with Wolves, Wigan, Fulham.
So in those 8 games who would have thought Newcastle would pick up just 3 points?
But that’s been offset with wins at Arsenal and Everton for the first time in many seasons, and a massive home win against Aston Villa and of course Sunderland.
Newcastle have a chance to correct some of their poor form against the lesser sides in the league with a trip to Wigan on Sunday followed by a home game against rock bottom West Ham.
And if we cannot beat West Ham at St. James’ Park next Wednesday night, and it’s no certainty by any means, then alarm bells could start to go odd at St. James’ Park.
The very bad news today is that Andy Carroll will probably miss both games but that’s been tempered just a little by the news that Shola Ameobi will be back.
So it’s a great opportunity for Shola to do well for his home town club after missing several games for Newcastle with his hamstring problems.
But these next two games are crucial games for the club – make no mistake about that – and we wouldn’t say at this stage they are mist win games.
But we cannot let these teams take too many points off us – and certainly not all three, because then we’ll be dragged right into the relegation quagmire, which so far in the fist half of the season – we’ve pleasantly avoided.
Not that it did Chris Hughton any good.
Two defeats and the gloom and doom merchants will be back – and in full force.
We can just see the comment:
“I told you in the summer we would go down – but you wouldn’t believe me -I know I’m right .”
” I told – I told you – we are doomed.”
I tell you – we’re going down – we’re going down – it’s absolutely certain now!!”
Well, you know what we mean. 😀
Things on Tyneside are never in between – they are either great and fantastic and everything is just wonderful – or the sky is completely falling in – something that new manager Alan Pardew will find out very quickly – if he hasn’t already.
But two wins in the next two games, and we’ll be really flying high, and there will be huge sighs of relief on Tyneside.
That’s what we are hoping for!