Alan Pardew has taken the lads off to Portugal, as he seems not too pleased that Newcastle have not been able to train outdoors for a while.
Alan Pardew – squad will watch some videos next week – as relaxation?
Alan has said today it’s just ridiculous that the Newcastle squad have had to train indoors, and maybe, just maybe, that’s why the lads looked worn out at the end of the game on Saturday.
Joey Barton looked like he was on his last legs, and it could be, when he was clean through near the end of the game, that it was tiredness, more than anything else, that made him give the ball away, when Newcastle could have scored their second and winning goal.
But we’ll be looking for luck to even out, and that means Newcastle have to score the winner in injury time in two games during the remainder of the season, and if that doesn’t happen we”ll complain – to who exactly we have no idea. 😀
But the Newcastle club must now get under-soil heating at their Benton Training grounds, and Alan said this morning that owner Mike Ashley had agreed to put that right – we hope so.
Certainly in preparation for the important Spurs game, the lads had to train indoors last Friday.
Alan has some sense of humor too, as he was interviewed yesterday morning, before leaving for Portugal, he explained why the lads were off to sunny skies:
“It’s just to get a training ground.” “We’ve got no under-soil heating at our training ground. We couldn’t on Friday – we had to go inside. It’s ridiculous.”
“It gives me an opportunity to work morning and afternoon with the team, and maybe we’ll watch videos of teams which concede in the last five minutes.”
We look forward to the Fulham game, because that’s a game Newcastle can win, and it’s also against a side fighting relegation, so that’s another reason Newcastle must go all out for all 3 points.
Tottenham and Sunderland (sorry about that) are much better sides than Fulham, and both are currently in the top six, and Sunderland are now 6 points clear of 7th placed Blackburn Rovers, with Newcastle in 8th place on 30 points.
Newcastle do have a game in hand on both Blackburn and Sunderland however, and the lads now have to be consistent week in and week out.
And if Newcastle are at or anywhere near their best at Craven Cottage in nine days time, the lads could take all 3 points.
It would be a relief to win again, after being so near these last couple of games.
That’s the goal anyway.