Alan Pardew has come out today and said the obvious as far as Newcastle fans are concerned – that Newcastle don’t want o be dragged into a relegation dog-fight through the end of the season.
Alan Pardew – 2 wins in next 4 games will see us safe
Newcastle fans had enough of that a short two years ago, when we all thought somehow we would avoid the dreaded relegation – but didn’t.
And the overpaid stars that were at Newcastle in those days – Newcastle had the 6th highest wage bill in the Premier League yet finished in 18th position – had very little fight in them, and as soon as a side got in front of Newcastle, it was odds on the Magpies would lose – and more often than not – did.
But most of those players couldn’t get out of the club quickly enough at the end of that season, and most of their departures were characteristic of the way they played for the team – they couldn’t care less.
Things are a lot better on Tyneside these days as the club got rid of that faction, and the vast majority of players now in the squad play their hearts out for the team, in every single game, and it’s great to see.
But Newcastle have to quickly pull out of their poor form of the last 3 league games, which has netted Newcastle just a single point and only two goals.
This is what Alan told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We can’t get ourselves down about the Stoke game because we’ve got to make sure that the character and the fight in the dressing room comes through now in these last eight games.”
“I think we’ve got enough in there to do that but we’ve got to make sure we do it quickly.”
“We don’t want to get ourselves in that dogfight with three or four games left to go.” “So in the next four games we need to get those two results that will see us home.”
“We smarted about the Stoke game for a couple of days and look forward to the next home game, hopefully with a full house and get that win that we want.”
The bad news is that Newcastle will be missing Cheick Tiote for the next couple of games, as he serves a two match ban for accumulating 10 yellow cards, and it’s anybody’s guess who will replace him in the defensive midfield position.
Alan Smith is out for the season with his serious ankle injury, and Danny Guthrie is an obvious candidate, but the way Fab Coloccini played in the second half at Stoke showed he could easily do the job in front of the back four.
23 year-old Danny Guthrie is a good player, and will hope he gets his chance in the next game, and he could also get the job done for the side, in its time of need.
Alan Pardew will be looking for some good performances from the Newcastle fringe players, as he decides who will stay and who will go in the summer clear-out, when Newcastle are expected to bring in as many as six new players to Tyneside.
The next four league games are Wolves at home, Aston Villa away, Manchester United at home and then Blackpool away, and those are the four games we play in April.
So the easiest game to get a win in, is probably at home to Wolves in our next game – and rather than look too far forward, the lads should ensure they get the job done in a week’s time.
3 points against Wolves at home next Saturday would be just fantastic, and it would also help to have over 50,000 fans at that game, cheering on the lads.
It would allow some of us to reduce the number of anti-anxiety pills we are currently taking.