I just listened to Alan Pardew’s press conference today, where he was inundated with questions about Andy Carroll.
Kevin Nolan – captain a huge player for Magpies through rest of the season
It turns out that when Andy asked for an improved contract yesterday, he wanted it immediately, and Newcastle said they would be willing to renegotiate his deal in the summer, but Andy and his agent didn’t like that answer – and so they went off to talk to Liverpool, after Andy handed in his transfer request.
A little bit of extra news – and Alan also hopes that Stephen Ireland will be ready to play in about two weeks, after he fully recovers from his hamstring injury.
If Newcastle are going to do well through the end of this season, then we will have to see this Irishman return to very close to his best form, and if he can do that – as Alan said today – we’ll have brought in an excellent player.
But the attention now has to turn to tomorrow night’s game at Fulham, and Alan had a meeting with the squad this morning, and they discussed the situation with Andy – and then Alan said it was their collective responsibility to get the job done tomorrow night in Andy’s absence.
And of course this year without Andy in the side, Newcastle have gone close to four wins on the trot, with no goals conceded, had it not been for those last minute equalizers against Sunderland and Tottenham. But 8 points from the last four league games is nevertheless good.
So the lads have been playing well, but we’ve also watched Fulham narrowly lose 1-0 at Anfield last Wednesday night in the league, and they attacked Liverpool all through the second half when they were 1-0 down, and they were unlucky not to get a point.
Then they simply demolished Tottenham 4-0 at Craven Cottage on Sunday in the 4th round of the FA Cup – and that was the score at the half, as the Tottenham side simply didn’t turn up for the game.
Fulham manager Mark Hughes, to his credit, now has the side playing so much better than just a month ago, and attacking too, and it will not be an easy game by any means – but if the lads ever needed a win – it’s tomorrow night.
Usually when this squad has been faced with adversity, they have come through with some excellent performances, and that’s what we are hoping (praying) for at Fulham.
If the lads can get 3 points tomorrow night, then the stage is set for the home game against Arsenal on Saturday, which promises to be a humdinger, and we have the chance of doing the league double over Arsenal for the first time since who knows when?
If we can get 4 points out of these 2 upcoming games, that would be just great, and 3 points would be very nice – all 6 points and we’ll all be flying.
No points and we’ll all be crying.