Alan Pardew has come out with some fighting words today.
Alan Pardew – fighting words form the manager
And those are that the next 7 games are so vital for Newcastle, and the team needs to go to war, to ensure the Magpies pick up as many points as possible.
And that all starts with this afternoon’s game at relegation threatened Aston Villa, a game that will be beamed live on TV around the world.
This is what Alan Pardew told the Sunday Sun today:
“Finishing above Sunderland would be massive for us. It would be a good coup for the team.” “They had an opportunity to spend some of their money and we haven’t, so that would be a marvelous feat if we could do that because we lost a key, key player in the window, there’s no disguising that.”
“I think a lot of people would have predicted at the time that we were in big trouble but the players have not let that happen.” “There has been hardly any reflection of the fact Andy left in the results.”
“They have carried on more or less the same and we need to make sure that is the same for the last seven games.” “I think dropping off is a very, very dangerous thing to do and we’re conscious of it.”
“A win Sunday and we won’t go down, 100%,” “But we’re not just going to turn up at Villa and be OK. We’ve got to go to war again – and every week between now and the end of the season we’ll go to war.”
“What I’m looking at is if we win on Sunday, suddenly we have Man United at home after an FA Cup semi-final and we can really, really tear into them with a bit of freedom.” “I think if we win the most disappointed man with our result will be Sir Alex – I hope he chokes on his tea a little bit if we win on Sunday!”
Alan is so right to praise the lads who have come in during the injuries and suspensions, and after the shock departure of Andy Carroll to richer pastures on Merseyside.
The lads who have come in have done very well, and those include Leon Best, Ameobi, Lovenkrands, Ferguson and Guthrie to name only a few.
At the risk of being too vindictive, and after all the memories have flooded back this week of that terrible day in May, of 2009 when Newcastle were relegated at Villa Park -and the Villa fans mercilessly mocked Newcastle, a win today would be so sweet.
Maybe it’s because that would pay back the Villa fans for their terrible and classless taunting of the Newcastle club in that fateful game, or maybe it’s because it would take Newcastle to safety in their first season back in the big time, after being away just one season.
But whatever the reason, a win today would be fantastic, and we expect every single Newcastle player to play the game today, as though their very lives depended on winning it.
That’s something the players didn’t do two years ago, and brought shame and disgrace to the Newcastle club.
Let’s make up for that tragedy today, and let”s hear that Geordie war cry loud and clear – Howay The Lads!!