While we would all hope it was not true, it seems the Newcastle performance last night was affected by the events earlier in the week.
Kevin Nolan – get the guts and glory back
Fulham away is a game we thought we could win, but Fulham deserved all 3 points last night, which just about tells you how poor Newcastle were.
And when we can score our next goal is a good question, because our strikers last night showed no penetration at all – none – zippo.
The events of the week have not been good, but that’s it – it’s time to get over it, Andy has gone and he will never come back, so the lads have just got to get on with it.
The side without Andy had taken 8 points from the last four games before last night, so they’ve shown they can play well.
Of course we now have another problem to deal with, because Pardew is now short of strikers, and that’s been caused by the atrocious way in which Newcastle is being run these days.
But moaning about it – as we’ve done all week, doesn’t help Pardew – as he needs to somehow get on with the job with what he’s got – and it isn’t much.
Maybe Newcastle can get a player in on loan?
And we look to our captain Kevin Nolan to be the first to step up to the plate – the players have a job to do and that’s to play with 100% passion every single game for Newcastle – this club is still a proud club, whatever nonsense happened earlier this week.
While we don’t think Kevin meant to do it – his video for Liverpool FC TV, when he waxed lyrical about Andy Carroll joining his home town team Liverpool – was uncalled for – and in the circumstances it has only fueled the fire of rage that exists on Tyneside.
In fact an apology to the Newcastle fans would probably be in order to help clear the air.
So to overcome that gaffe, and since he is captain of the side, we look to him for leadership before Saturday to get this group of players back together and to get over Carroll leaving.
Whether we like it or not – and this is really hard to say for me – Carroll left because he didn’t want to remain at Newcastle without a wage rise, and that being the case – so be it.
And we saw no guts or spirit or passion last night from our players, only from the wonderful fans.
Maybe the lads can put in a performance appropriate for the support they enjoy year after year, and which is hardly always appreciated.
It’s about time Newcastle had a team as good as their supporters, and if we ever get that – we’ll win the European Champions League.
To say we are a million miles away from that right now, is probably a huge huge understatement.
But we don’t care – we only care about staying in the Premier League this seaosn – that’s the only thing that matters – repeat the only thing that matters this season.
The message to Kevin and the players is to snap out of it – and produce a guts and glory display against Arsenal on Saturday.
If the lads can do that – and even if they are beaten – we’ll be happy enough.