Alan Pardew is very positive manager, there’s little doubt about that.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that either, but Newcastle are on a tepid run of form and results at the moment, with just one win out in their four league games, and Newcastle have just a measly 3 points to show from those games too.
Manchester United will be huge favorites to claim all three points next Tuesday night, especially with anybody who witnessed Newcastle’s last performance at Aston Villa on Sunday, which was just hopeless, and that’s the inconvenient truth.
However, Alan Pardew was positive as he told the local Newcastle press corps today:
“We want to finish the season as strongly as we can,” “There’s a bit of breathing space between ourselves and the bottom.”
“We’ve got an opportunity to have a go at Man United. That’s what we’re going to try to do – we’ll be set up to try and win.”
“We want to put them under pressure, and force errors.” “We’ll have Cheik and James Perch back, and I’ll have a couple more options.”
“One thing about Manchester United is that they’ve got a tough schedule,” “There was the Chelsea game, and they’ve got a FA Cup final semi on Sunday.”
“We should have more energy, and that could even it up given the quality they have.”
We remember in the relegation season that the players and manager would say similar things, and the players would come out and say they would be a lot lot better than in the previous game, which was generally a defeat.
The lads would then go out, and lo and behold then go a goal down, and it would be another disastrous defeat and yet another poor performance – and then it would start all over again.
If that’s not to happen again this season, Newcastle will have to play a lot better than they’ve played in the last four games, apart from the Wolves win, in which all the lads turned up, and were very good.
We’d be very happy with 3 points from the next two games against the Red Devils at home, and Blackpool away, but we have to think the way the lads can do that is only though a Blackpool win.
If Newcastle beat Manchester United next Tuesday night, it will be one of their best results of the season, but somehow we don’t see that happening.
But hey, the red win will be ready – just in case! 😀
And we’ll see – soon enough.