Alan Pardew seems quite confident of getting something out of the game against the might of Manchester United next Tuesday evening, at St. James’ Park.
Alex Ferguson – manager supreme is at St. James’ Park on Tuesday night
We don’t, and if the lads play anything like they did at Villa Park last Sunday, they could even be ripped apart.
Now some of that sentiment is because we’re still not too happy about the performance the lads put in last time out, when they looked close to hopeless at Villa Park.
And that was after Villa had doomed Newcastle to relegation when they beat a hopeless Newcastle side 1-0 two years ago, so it should have been payback time – but it wasn’t.
And to say Newcastle have been inconsistent this season is an understatement, and even since Pardew replaced Chris Hughton on Tyneside, that inconsistency has sadly persisted.
To maximize the number points in the league, you’d like the lads to play at their very best against the weaker sides, not particularly against the top sides.
That’s because Newcastle can play at their very best against a side like Manchester United or Chelsea and still lose, but if they play their best against sides like Aston Villa, which of course we didn’t, it’s almost certain they could capture all 3 points.
A good case in point is the Wolves game, where Newcastle captured a valuable 3 points with a very good display in front of their supporters.
But on the other hand, the league this season is up and down and more competitive than ever, and it seems like any team can beat any other side on their day.
And we haven’t forgotten Newcastle’s wonderful 1-0 win at the Emirates Stadium earlier this season, but of course we don’t have Andy Carroll any longer, who got that terrific goal just before half time in that game.
If we had the young number 9 now, Newcastle could get quite a few points before the end of the season, and Jose and Joey would not be wanting to leave the club, but yes – we know – that’s water under the Tyne Bridge now.
The Red Devils are playing two games a week at the moment, and they have won their last 7 games on the trot, but that streak has to come at an end sometime we suppose – and why not on Tuesday evening indeed?
This is what Alan said today – he talked about Manchester United playing Arsenal and Newcastle in the next two games – but he meant Manchester City and Newcastle, so we changed it:
“We think we’ve got a great chance. I know Alex will be looking at it and he will think it’s a really big game in their agenda. He’s got Manchester City at home and us away and he probably thinks they are two tough games which will have a massive bearing on their season.”
“I think he will target it. He won’t come here resting players because the Premier League, not the FA Cup semi-final, is a priority. He will police that semi-final and if he can save players for Tuesday, or take someone off to protect players, he will.”
“It will be a really tough team to beat.”
If Newcastle can get something out of this game at all, that would be terrific.
And it will serve as some inspiration for the following game at Blackpool, where a win there would all but secure safety for the Newcastle side this season.
And then we can all turn our attention to the summer transfer window, and bringing in new players, while also trying to keep Joey Barton and Jose Enrique on Tyneside.
Howay The Lads!!