Newcastle Must Improve Their Form – And Soon

After failing to beat Aston Villa away last Sunday afternoon, Newcastle must now face an in-form Manchester United side next Tuesday night at St. James’ Park,  in front of a capacity sell-out crowd.

Alan Pardew – will be looking for form improvement – quickly

It’s hard to know how Newcastle can beat the Red Devils, or even get a point from that game, because of all the injuries and suspensions in the squad at the moment.

But at least Cheick Tiote will be back from his two game suspension, but captain Kevin Nolan will miss this game, but will thankfully be back from suspension at Blackpool a week on Saturday, in what will be a crucial game for the Magpies.

Peter Lovenkrands talked about the upcoming Red Devils game today:

“We’re just about safe, so a lot of people will be saying we have nothing to play for, but I don’t think you can ever say that when you’re playing Man United,”

“It’s a massive challenge (from Manchester United), and there’s always pressure on us to perform anyway whenever we’re at home.”

“We’ll be looking to put pressure on them from the word go.”  “They’re playing a lot of games at the moment and hopefully that will play into our hands.”

It will be a massive task to take anything out of the game with Manchester United next Tuesday, let’s make no mistake about that.

They are on a 7 game winning streak in all competitions at the moment, so it must be the business end of the season.

We will have to hope they will beat Manchester City on Saturday at Wembley, in the semi-final of the FA Cup.

That will then take the Red Devils to an eight game winning streak, and the odds that they will then also beat Newcastle must decrease – well that’s our fragile logic in any case. 😀

But Newcastle are unlikely to pick up points against Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea in the run-in to this season, and have to hope to beat Blackpool, Birmingham and WBA.

But the failure to beat a weak and nervous looking Aston Villa last Sunday, has us just a touch worried, that Newcastle may still not be safe in the Premier League.

And that’s especially true if the lads play like they did last Sunday, in too many more games this season,  they looked completely flat on Sunday.

Not only do Newcastle need to keep picking up those points, the lads have lost three of the last four games, but they also need to show the Newcastle fans they are a lot better side than they looked last Sunday at Villa Park.

The club for whatever reason weakened the squad in January by losing Andy Carroll and Wayne Routledge, without brining in suitable replacements, and some of that action is starting to have some negative consequences.

Newcastle need to show much improved form, and if they can do that next Tuesday night, we could get a point.

But Newcastle must beat Blackpool on the following Saturday, whatever happens next Tuesday, otherwise the side could still be pulled back, and far too close to the relegation zone.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 14, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #1

    My Bottom six

    Blackburn 38
    Blackpool 38
    Birmingham 37
    Wolves 37
    West Ham 36
    Wigan 35

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 14, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #2

    I think we’ll finish with 45 points

  • Partizan

    Apr 14, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #3

    We need 3 more points imo


    Apr 14, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #4

    I think it is possible to come away with a point but the whole team is going to have to be on top form.

  • Phil K

    Apr 14, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #5

    If we survive I’ll be relieved, but far from happy.
    The Carroll sale is costing us dear from every angle.
    We need a damn site more than a few players in the close season, or we’ll be red hot favourites for the drop NEXT year.
    So far as unimpressed with Pardew as I was expecting to be.

  • dave 1961

    Apr 14, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #6

    pardew has absolutely no motivation skills what so ever and our current form would be enough to get any other manager the sack, god help us if we don’t get a sale by august, the clubs only interested at getting back at the anti Ashley brigade, as Ashley hates the songs, and is willing to risk the removal of the only thing going for us at home.

  • Markaccus

    Apr 14, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #7

    I think we could put a decent side out on tuesday.


    Guthrie was poor last week, and staylor looked a liabillity. I know shola is a hit n miss player but probably has a good game in him yet.hopefully we’ll get a point

  • BeeGuy

    Apr 14, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #8

    What else is AP to say? “We will get our arses handed to us?” “We can’t field a full squad, we will be starting with 9 men?”

    My advice, save Shola and Enrique and whoever else needs a rest by claiming they failed a late fitness test, and hold them for Blackpool. Then back the bus across the Newcastle goal & keep your fingers crossed..

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 14, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #9

    again ur negative wat is this negative artical day we can beat arsenal in there home we can beat Chelsea in there home y cant we beat man u in our home

  • Davies

    Apr 14, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #10

    BeeGuy – My thoughts exactly.

  • ToonHero

    Apr 14, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #11


    I really dont understand why people complain about guthries performence againt villa. He was solid made some important passes and was stable in everything he did. He was by far better than “the best midfielder in england” and coloccini.

    I think he did a very very good job, and will be a great backup player for next year 🙂

  • Klatoon

    Apr 14, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #12

    Toon hero,thank you very much! why are people slating Guthrie? The lads game is all about passing and spreading the play which he couldnt do on Sunday because “Englands best” kept tucking infield while Jonas was always crowded out and the less said about the front 2 the better. So what did you want him to do when there were obviously no options available to him most of the time?
    Against Manure,i’d start him in CM alongside Tiote and EBMF on the right (with strict instructions to stay there and keep the teams shape)

    PS; Joey is “Englands best midfielder”/ EBMF

    sim willo collo jose
    joey guthrie tiote jonas
    ameobi lovens

  • chuck

    Apr 14, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #13

    So ! you dont know why people complain about Guthrie ?
    And you think he`s better than Joey ?
    My suggestion is you see your eye doctor and get fitted for a decent set of glasses.
    If that does`nt work, dunno what to tell you !

  • Klatoon

    Apr 14, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #14

    Chuck,I think Toon hero was referring to the Villa game only,we all know Guthrie is nothing more than backup. So yeah,Joey is better than Guthrie

  • hisnameisjonas

    Apr 14, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #15

    @dave 1961

    “pardew has absolutely no motivation skills what so ever…”

    there once was a game when arsenal was up 4-0…..

  • ToonHero

    Apr 14, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #16


    Agree with Klatoon! and:

    No, dont understand why people complain about guthrie! He only gets better and better the more he plays, he just needs more confidence and experience in the PL.

  • stuart no9

    Apr 14, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #17

    “there was a game where arsenal were 4-0”
    pity he couldnt motivate them against , stoke, everton, villa, etc-etc-etc

  • stuart no9

    Apr 14, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #18

    roshan magpie
    “we beat arsenal and chelsea at there home why cant we beat man u at our home ?” first, we had
    CH as manager, now sadly we have alan partridge, also we had a player called andy carroll, i just hope we can keep the score down to a respectable 3. not being a doom and gloomer m8 just realistic

  • oldbobaycliffe

    Apr 14, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #19

    i know hodgson had a bad time at liverpool but what a difference he has made at WBA puts pardew in the shade

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 14, 2011 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #20

    Agree with you oldbobaycliffe. It’s a pity Hodgson wasn’t available when we replaced CH but Hodgson isn’t enough of a yes man to suit Ashley anyway. How can we ever get a good manager with Ashley at the top? It isn’t going to happen. Ashley won’t spend and he won’t give control of the football operations to the manager and don’t ask me what Lambias does. I predict we will bring in a few players this summer but at least 2 of them will be free transfers and the others will be for relatively small transfer fees. A small amount of the Carroll money will also be used to renew a few contracts. Unless we stay incredibly healthy next season it will be more nail biting towards the end.

  • hisnameisjonas

    Apr 15, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #21

    @stuart no9

    the problem is that you need to have players to motivate in those games.. wich we did’nt. When we dont have quality in debt it will always be like that. Wich is the point pardew tries to make, if you try to listen.


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