We noticed a number of readers in the comments immediately started to talk about the possibility of Newcastle being relegated, as we lost our second league game of the year yesterday against Everton.
Alan Pardew – squad too good to be in relegation scrap
And since that does enter our minds, whenever we lose, and the fact that we are just 6 points above a relegation scrap – heaven forbid – it’s interesting that Alan Pardew has come out today and said he thinks the squad is just too good to be involved in any relegation fight this season.
Now where and when have we heard that one before?
Alan talked about the squad today:
“I think the squad is deep enough. Touch wood we haven’t got any serious injuries,”“I’m not looking over my shoulder at the teams below. I’ve looked at every game as a game that is winnable – and we’ll do the same when we go to Stoke. There’s no lack of belief in the camp or problem that I see, other than we’ve got too many injuries.”
“I have to say that the second half was a fantastic effort from us. I’m proud of that. But that little bit of quality was possibly missing.” “I’m genuinely pleased by the way the squad players played. But at this level you need your best players on the pitch and unfortunately we didn’t have that.”
“I thought when we took the lead we looked comfortable at that stage,” “The left side was causing them a lot of problems but we didn’t lock in when we were attacking and got caught twice. Then it was always going to be an uphill task – especially when Enrique got injured as well.” “It unbalanced us a little bit but you can’t play a game at this level with the quality of players we’ve had missing today.”
“For all the effort and commitment we put in, sometimes that is too many players to lose. But I thought it was a fantastic effort from the team in terms of the character of the players who were introduced.”
Shola did well and showed all his experience up front, and young Shane Ferguson really impressed Pardew with his cool and very skillful play – although we’ve seen that before from the Northern Ireland International, who seems to be coming along just great.
The big difference with the squad we have now and that we had two years ago, is the lads will fight in every game – as they did yesterday. They will not be out-fought by any side, as they were two years ago, when as soon as we went behind two or three players just lost interest and disappeared.
So that is something going for us big time this season, and getting Joey Barton and Jose Enrique back fit again will be a big help for the next game in a couple of weeks.
But we must take something out of the Stoke game, because a second successive defeat will scare us just a little bit too much.
The very last thing we all want to go through this season is another relegation nightmare of two years ago – I still haven’t got over that one – never mind going down again.
And as my wife told me again for the umpteenth time last night – you take this stuff far too seriously – but of course she just doesn’t understand.
Comments very welcome – but please try to make them upbeat – at least for this article. 😀