In Newcastle’s last 14 league games since mid January, they have just two wins, seven draws and five defeats.
Alan Pardew – keen to get a win tomorrow
So in those 14 games Newcastle have picked up only 13 points, and that’s close to relegation form, to be truthful.
Alan Pardew will be hoping for two home wins against Birmingham and WBA to end off the season on a positive note, otherwise Alan’s record will not look all that good since he arrived last December.
To be fair to the 49 year-old Londoner, he has had to operate without big Andy Carroll this year, and of course Leon Best got himself injured and is out for the season after scoring 6 goals in 11 league appearances for Newcastle.
Leon’s is just one of far too many injuries Newcastle players have been picking up this year.
And it’s scoring goals where the obvious Newcastle weakness lies, and in half of the last 12 games, Newcastle haven’t even been able to score a goal, so the lads couldn’t win those games.
Alan is obviously aiming to get one of those rare wins tomorrow, as he told the local Newcastle press corps today:
“This is a big game for Birmingham too.” “For us it is about finishing strongly.” “At Liverpool we did a lot of things very well – but we didn’t hurt them.” “Offensively we need to improve.”
“At Birmingham we got the goals at the right times, and that was important.” “Scoring goals is obviously important to us.” “We have done well in some games at home and we have to continue that.”
“Coming off the two games Birmingham have had, they will be motivated.” “They had a guy sent off in their last game and got a point, and before that they had a similar performance to us at Liverpool – they will want to come out fighting.”
“They will be desperate to get some sort of victory.”
An early goal will be just what Newcastle need tomorrow, and of course captain Kevin Nolan, after apologizing to Newcastle fans for last Sunday’s dismal performance at Liverpool, usually comes up with a goal when it’s important.
We expect Kevin to get a goal tomorrow, and that would be his 13th of the season – unlucky for some.
But if indeed Kevin can get a goal tomorrow, and the defense plays as well as they did against the Red Devils, that may just be enough to capture all three points against a weak looking Birmingham outfit.
The Newcastle side owes the fans a good and gutsy performance tomorrow, that’s for sure.
A win is what we all want to see, and that will raise the spirits of both the Newcastle fans and the players too – and we’ll not even mention how good Alan will feel tomorrow night. 😀
Howay The Lads!!