It was not a great display from Newcastle yesterday, and Liverpool were by far the better side and won 3-0.
Alan Pardew – depleted squad
But Newcastle were missing some good players yesterday – Ben Arfa, Dan Gosling, Leon best were all not available through injury, and of course newcatsle were never able to replace the departing Andy Carroll in January.
So to a large extent since January, Newcastle have been playing with a depleted squad, and even though the lads were toothless yesterday, they continued to play football, even when they were down 3-0, and never ever threw in the towel.
The way they stuck to their task is a good comparison to the side of two years ago, who would have given up after the first goal went in, and would probably have ended up losing 6-0, since Liverpool were in the ascendancy when they wanted to be in that second half,
But last August Newcastle fans would have taken 41 points from the first 35 games in a New York minute, and while results have been a little disappointing these last several weeks, Newcastle are now safe in the league.
With 9 points to play for they are 7 points above the drop zone, with an extra point for their much superior goal difference over the bottom sides.
Wolves, Wigan and Blackpool all picked up a point over the weekend, and West Ham managed to lose their 5th game in a row at Eastlands, and may be doomed to the second division next season. I’d hate to be a West Ham fan right now.
Wins are what these bottom teams need now to survive.
For Newcastle it’s a matter of how far up the league table the lads can finish, from their current decent 12th position, and one thing going for them is their superior goal difference compared to all the teams below them.
Newcastle have a game next Saturday against Birmingham, and we’ll all be over the moon with a Newcastle win, which surely is possible, and even probable – assuming we can get a goal.
Update – I still cannot find those boots. 😀
Let’s just forget about the Liverpool game, we didn’t expect anything out of the game, but the lads can capture all three points next Saturday – and that’s all that really matters now.
Howay The Lads!!