Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has admitted that Newcastle are certainly not clear of relegation, and could now face a battle to stay in the Premier League this season.
Alan Pardew – the scoreline leaves pressure on us
And in the last two game Newcastle have allowed teams below them in the league to go away with all 3 points – which is certainly a recipe for complete disaster – and Wolves are next up who beat Aston Villa at Villa Park today, for only their second away win of the season.
But Wolves are picking up points, and now have 8 points from their last 4 league games, and are unbeaten in that streak with two wins and two draws, so it’s hardly a good time to face Wolves in our next game.
The fact that it’s at St. James’ Park doesn’t mean too much either, since it’s hardly been a fortress for Newcastle this season, with six home defeats already.
The poor result today leaves Newcastle in 11th place and West Ham, West Brom, Wigan and Wolves have all gained points on Newcastle today – and Wolves and Wigan gained the maximum possible 3 points.
Pardew said after the game:
“We have always been conscious we have never been that far away from the relegation zone.” “The scoreline is going to put some pressure on us in terms of our next home game. It is one of those days you would like to forget as a manager.”
“But I think we have enough in the dressing room and enough quality to win the next game and give ourselves some breathing space.” “I am obviously disappointed with the scoreline. I thought at half-time we were unlucky to be 1-0 down as we controlled much of the tempo.”
“But the first five minutes of the second half cost us the game. Even before Harper made an error we should have got rid of the ball.” “We conceded a second and from moment on we had a mountain to climb.”
“Again with the third goal we put the ball at risk, although I don’t think it was a free-kick.”
And towards the end for the game Fuller was involved in a nasty confrontation with Joey Barton, and there was a scuffle between the players.
Pardew talked about the matter:
“It wasn’t a confrontation with Fuller. Fuller just went up and kicked him and he walked off. Joey just asked him ‘why did you kick me’.”
And Cheick Tiote picked up a yellow card in the 42nd minute of the game, and by our reckoning that’s his 10th yellow card, which presumably means he will be suspended for two matches.
Talk about shooting yourself in the foot – and after the last 3 games and two defeats and a draw, the Newcastle squad need to get their act together, and come out with guns blazing against Wolves.
We probably should curtail talk about bringing players in during the summer, until we are definitely safe, because Newcastle could now get dragged into the relegation zone, if we don’t pull out of this big drop in both form and results.
If we are to be in a relegation fight, again, then at least we want to see very single Newcastle players give everything they’ve got in these last 8 games of the season.
And not go down with a whimper like the last lot did – and most of those overpaid players simply left the club when it was on its knees – and Michael Owen helicoptered out of Newcastle without saying a word two days after relegation.
And he was the captain.