Today’s game at home to Birmingham is Newcastle’s best chance through the end of the season, to get their 5th win of the year.
Alan Pardew – no slacking off permitted
But all the players will have to turn up, and none of this end of season slacking off stuff – that’s amateurish and cannot be tolerated with highly paid professionals.
It should be personal pride that players go out and play 100% every single game, but we have a lot of spoiled footballers these days, and their egos are often far too big, and who have never seemed to mature fully.
David Bentley at Birmingham is one recent example of this, when he walked out on his team mates last week at St, Andrews, when he wasn’t included in the 18 man squad.
Rather than go into a huff maybe he should be looking at his game, and why he doesn’t seem to be good enough to get into a weak Birmingham squad.
Alan Pardew has stressed over the last two days that he doesn’t want to see any slacking off at Newcastle:
“Making sure we don’t coast for the rest of the season is something I’ve got to focus on,” “We have a professional respect that we handle ourselves very well in these remaining games.”
“Speaking to other managers it’s a difficult period when you get past that 40-point mark, and we’re experiencing that.” “The hunger and character of the team is what’s driven us and if we let that fall away then we won’t win.”
” Our points tally doesn’t allow us to relax, but you can sometimes sense on the training ground that our focus has dipped a little bit.” “We need to make sure we’re on top of that as a staff, that we’re doing our best and the players need to focus quickly because this is an important game.”
“The players have been absolutely brilliant and we want to finish in the top 10. We want to finish the season right. For us it’s about finishing strongly and making a point.”
While we didn’t expect anything out of the Liverpool game, but th lads didn’t get close to giving Liverpool a game, and still haven’t scored in this fixture since December of 2004, so it’s not been a happy hunting round for Newcastle.
But the results lately have not been too good either, and newcatsle have only 2 wins in their last 14 league games, and only 2 points from the last four games, in which the lads have managed to score just one goal.
“We did a lot of things very well at Liverpool, but we didn’t hurt them enough and offensively we need to improve. We came in for criticism and we need to put that right.”
“We had a lot of criticism regarding our attitude to the game, and I thought that was a bit harsh, but we need to answer it.” “There is an end of season feel to things which I’m not particularly happy about. As a manager you sense these things – and players sense it too.”
“For us, we want to make sure our fans go away in the summer looking forward to next year and that the base we have is sound.” “Technically, most of the teams are on a level playing field to us, and I include Blackpool and everybody in that, so we need to have the spirit and character out on the pitch and I think we will against Birmingham.
“These next two home games are very important to me and they should be to everybody, and I think that they are.” “We gave a complete performance from back to front at Birmingham when we won there on a bad pitch in inclement weather.”
“We’ve now got the sun our backs with 41 points, and we’ve got to make sure we’re as up for this game against Birmingham.” “That was a question mark put against us against Liverpool – and it’s something we need to put right.”
Alan Pardew is saying all the right things, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and f Newcastle cannot get 3 points today, we can probably kiss goodbye to another win this season.
Our last home game is against WBA, and they have shown massively improved form under new manager Roy Hudgson, and every other team seems to be able to beat Birmingham on the road these days. And of course the lads already beat them 2-0 at St. Andrews earlier this year.
A win is what we all want to see this afternoon, but it’s now it’s up to the Newcastle players.