There may be too much negativity on Tyneside at the moment, but that’s hardly reflected in Newcastle’s league position, after an excellent start to the season.
Great shot of Alan Pardew talking to Gabriel Obertan
Now relax and count backwards from 10 until you are asleep
Newcastle have two wins and a draw in their first three league games, and are currently in a very respectable 6th position in the league table, and could go as high as 3rd with a three goal victory tomorrow night.
And add to that a terrific comeback win at Scunthorpe United, to reach the 3rd round of the Carling Cup, and in truth it couldn’t have been a much better start to the season for Newcastle.
Alan Pardew has done well in each of the first four games, after the team performed very poorly in the first half of each of those games, but Alan has not been surprised by the good start:
“We’ve had a great start and are looking to build on that,” “It’s been one of the best starts we’ve had at this Club for a long while. Two wins and a draw, a victory in the cup, and we are looking forward to QPR.”
“I was expecting us to start well, but the fixtures were difficult and in terms of the points total that is really pleasing. I have been slightly surprised that we have come out with seven points, but I was always confident that we could avoid getting beaten.”
“I have had to wait to see what – if any – injuries we had from the international fixtures before making decisions on players,” “That is something we will keep close to our chest right up until the game, because it is an important match.”
Alan Pardew has some tough selection decisions to make for tomorrow’s game, which of course is good news.
And the manager still had to decide if newcomer Davide Santon has had enough practice with his team-mates to make his first start for the club tomorrow night at Loftus Road.
But it could well be that Alan stays with Ryan Taylor, as a makeshift left back, after Ryan has played really well for Newcastle in the first four games of the season, and has also scored two great goals from free kicks for Newcastle too.
Veteran goalkeeper Steve Harper is also back fit again, and will be expected to be on the bench to back-up the in-form Dutchman Tim Krul, who has been in terrific form so far this season for the Magpies.
And Danny Guthrie is also fit again, so we should see a strong bench for tomorrow night’s game.
A win would simply be fantastic and see Newcastle in at least 4th position in the league on 10 points form the first four games.