There’s some good news this morning from manager Alan Pardew, that Andy Carroll now seems a lot better, and could well be fit for the next game at Fulham a week on Wednesday.
Andy Carroll – likely to be fit for Fulham – greeat!
Alan is taking the lads off to Portugal for a sunshine break this week, and Andy will be there, and more good news that Ryan Taylor is close to being back to full training.
With all the injuries Newcastle have had this year, 8 points from our last 4 games is not too bad at all – and yes we know – it should really have been 12.
But when was the last time we were disappointed at not getting the wins rather than being disappointed at losing, or to be more accurate – at just drawing – and with top six teams?
This is what Alan said this morning:
“We need one or two to come in, or one or two to come back and we think Andy Carroll looks close.” “He looks better this week so he has a good chance and could feature at Fulham which would be a massive bonus.”
“There may be another body in over the next ten days, which would be a good lift for everybody.”
“We are going out to Portugal. We couldn’t train on Friday, it was a beautiful sunny day, but when you haven’t got a heated training ground, which Mike Ashley is going to address, you can’t train and we had to go indoors again.”
“We will be away until Thursday to do some morning and afternoon stuff and hopefully show a couple of videos of the last five minutes of matches so we can show them how to see games out.”
“We need a break with the size of squad we have and the injuries.” “It is good the lads who have been putting a shift in can get a bit of respite and hopefully we will get one or two in before the next game.”
“We need one or two, and when you see the players we have been linked with, you hope they can bring in that type of quality.”
“I am sure the people upstairs are working hard and it would be great to bring in that quality because it gives fans, management and the players a lift to see quality players coming in.”
It’s interesting that Alan will concentrate on those last five minutes of our last two matches, because you have to think when injury time comes along at Fulham, Newcastle will not be slack at the back – at least we hope we will not be slack at the back.
But life and football is all about learning from your mistakes, and we think Newcastle will become a stronger side because of the last two games – that will be the aim.
We also were hoping Alan would get that training field problem solved, and it seems he has persuaded Mike Ashley to get a heated pitch installed at Benton.
Most of the top clubs have one, and it will be an excellent investment for the Newcastle United club, which is obviously building for a (hopefully) successful future..
Alan certainly seems able to get things done on Tyneside, and it’s really a credit to him and the players that he has come in and kept the momentum going.
In the 7 league games Alan’s been in charge of the club, Newcastle have 3 wins and two draws and two defeats, 12 goals scored and 8 conceded – but we think the lads can do even better than that, over the next 15 games of the season.
If we hadn’t let those two last minute equalizers in over the last two games, the record could be 5 wins in 7 games – 12 scored and 6 conceded – but hopefully Newcastle will become more solid as the season progresses.
And did you see Chris Hughton sitting on David Beckham’s right at the Arsenal – Birmingham game on Saturday. Dare I say it – he seemed to have less gray hair. 😀
And no wonder Birmingham will not let Seb Larsson go – they need players in asap – otherwise they look like a relegation side.
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