One thing that Newcastle need to do this season is to improve their home form.
Steven Taylor – in action against Wigan on Sunday
Too many mediocre sides have won in the league at St. James’ Park this season, including Blackpool, Stoke and Blackburn and if Newcastle want to survive in the Premier League then we cannot let lower level teams to take points off us at home.
Newcastle put in a solid performance at Wigan on Sunday to take all three points, and keep a clean sheet too, with the defense for once looking quite solid for Newcastle.
It’s one area of the team that seems to have improved since Alan Pardew arrived on Tyneside, and it also coincides with Steven Taylor being back in the side.
And of course it was good news the player, who turns 25 later this month, just signed a new five and a half year deal to stay long-term at the club.
Newcastle have an excellent chance to make it two league wins in a row when they entertain 3rd bottom placed West Ham United tonight, in a game that kicks off at 7:45 pm.
This is what manager Alan Pardew said today, when he was asked if he thought Newcastle could get all 3 points:
“It would be really nice to do that because they are very, very important games.”
“It’s all well and good beating the top sides on your showboat kind of day, but these are the games which determine your season.”
“It’s a big game for us and I am pretty sure that the guys will be in a good frame of mind to play it.”
“We should get confidence from Sunday because it was a really good performance.”
As we mentioned yesterday all 3 points tonight will take Newcastle onto 28 points, a figure thy didn’t reach two years ago until mid-March, so a win should give Newcastle fans some hope we could still do quite well this season in the league.
But it’s got to be a win and even a draw would be a bit of a disappointment against the 3rd bottom side at home.