Alan Pardew will experience in the next two weeks what it’s like when Newcastle lose two games in a row.
Alan Pardew – looks worried yesterday
Alan’s record on Tyneside is played 15, won 4, drawn 5 and lost 6, and that includes the Stevenage defeat.
So in the Premier League Alan has 17 points from 14 games, which is not great but not too bad, but the win percentage is just hopeless at 26.7%.
In the last three games Newcastle are in a bit of a slump, with just a single point from their last 3 games, but two of those games were at home to Bolton and Everton.
The Bolton game came after the good win at Birmingham, and at that time we were all talking about Europe, but 3 games later and we are nervously looking over our shoulders at the relegation zone, where a number of those teams are starting to pick up points.
And since Newcastle are still to play Wolves, Birmingham and WBA at home, the results of those games at St. James’ Park will decide if Newcastle manage to stay up this season.
After looking at the video this morning once again of yesterday’s game, the defense was just diabolical and every single one of the four goals were defensive mistakes made by Newcastle.
And none more so than the two immediately after half time, which essentially lost the game for Newcastle, and that started with the terrible error from the usually safe Steve Harper.
No doubt Alan will be concentrating on the defense over the next two weeks, and we hope we can get some injured players back like Stephen Ireland, but we understand he could still be doubtful for the Wolves game.
We have no idea how badly hurt Jose Enrique is, but he shouldn’t have started the game yesterday, and there must be something wrong with the fitness test he passed before the game, because he should have failed it.
But Joey Barton made a difference yesterday, and if we can also get Leon Best back, then he could put a few goals in against Wolves, and if he can do that – he’ll be a hero on Tyneside, that’s for sure.
Newcastle need a win against Wolves, which would only be our second win in 11 games, and that’s all that really matters right now.
We are probably only two wins away from being safe this season.