Even though Newcastle fans always seem to be the mercy of owner Mike Ashley, and have no idea what he’s even thinking, there’s still a feel-good feeling on Tyneside these days.
Alan Pardew – pleased with recent performances
Newcastle have done very well this year (2011) and with any luck would have had four wins in a row without even conceding, if we hadn’t let in two injury time equalizers.
In 8 league games this year, Newcastle have 3 wins, 4 draws and one defeat for a total of 13 points, 14 goals scored and only 7 conceded – four of them in the first 25 minutes against Arsenal. The lads also have 4 clean sheets in those 8 games.
So it’s not a bad record at all, and to keep things positive we’ll not even mention the 3-1 defeat at Stevenage in the FA Cup.
And even in the last two games, the team has played extremely well against two lesser sides in Blackburn and Birmingham, and were a little unlucky not to get all 6 points.
And the famous Newcastle spirit in in good shape as the lads proved when they came back from 4-0 down, in the greatest comeback ever seen in the 19 years of the English Premier League. Newcastle were heroes to many on that Saturday two weeks ago.
Alan Pardew has a big job to do to improve the Newcastle squad during the summer, but he seems happy at how his philosophy is quickly being accepted and implemented at the Tyneside club.
This us what Alan told the Sunday Sun this morning:
“I don’t think we need to make huge personnel changes to put your philosophy in place,”
“The guys now know what we’re about and they are responding in the best possible way – with performances that are really, really good.”
“There have been little changes here and there and I don’t want to give too much away, but I’ve been happy with some of the results recently.”
“What has pleased me over the last couple of games is that defensively we’ve been very, very sound, and with Steven Taylor coming back that gives us plenty of options.”
“The staff have been great and we just keep hammering home the message and getting it across.”
Next up for Newcastle are Own Coyle’s Bolton Wanderers side in 6 days time at St. James’ Park, and then Everton the next Saturday – so if the lads can pick up say 4 points from those two games, we’ll be happy enough.
Two wins and we’ll be really flying high.