The worst thing that can happen with the Newcastle squad right now, or even with the fans for that matter, is to get carried away with the good start the lads have made to the season.
Davide Santon – this youngster could imporve the side
After the disastrous relegation two years ago, it has made us very wary of what can happen, and we tend to stay a lot more grounded these days, whereas before two wins in a row, and we were talking about the European Champions League!.
Not any more, because relegation was just too tough to take, and had a very sobering effect.
But manager Alan Pardew will not let the current squad get carried away at all, and that’s good because once November rolls around, Newcastle have a three match run when the lads have to play the following three game schedule:
November Sat 19 15:00 A Manchester City Sat 26 15:00 A Manchester Utd December Sat 03 15:00 H Chelsea
If Newcastle can avoid defeat in any one of those games they will have done well.
So a good positive way to look at things right now, is to get as many points as possible in the six league games before we play at Manchester City on November 19th, and also to progress to the quarter finals of the Carling Cup – that’s the next challenge for the team.
And the next six games in the league starting on Saturday are as follows:
September Sat 24 15:00 H Blackburn October Sat 01 15:00 A Wolves Sun 16 16:00 H Tottenham Sat 22 15:00 H Wigan Athletic Mon 31 20:00 A Stoke City November Sat 05 12:45 H Everton
This is what Pardew had to say to Sky Sports today about the Magpies impressive start to the season:
“I look around the building and I just see players in good form,” “But this Premier League is such that one game can knock that on its head, so you always have to be on your guard.”
“It’s heady heights for us, but we are not getting carried away because it is early days.” “There are tougher tests to come, but we have also not had an easy start,”
“Five away games – we have only had two at home – that’s been lost a little bit, so even more so, the players have done terrifically.”
“The players are producing. Whichever player I put out there at the moment seems to have a bit of form about them and confidence, and that bodes well”
It will be very interesting to see where Newcastle are positioned at the end of this year (and where Liverpool are for that matter), and if the lads are in the top eight in the league, we’ll be happy enough.
And of course as the new players meld into the team and get used to playing with each other, and Ben Arfa and David Santon start playing regularly for the side, Newcastle could have an even better side.
We’ll know soon enough, but it’s exciting times for the Geordie fans at the moment.
And to take it one game at a time – the only thing that matters at the moment, is to beat Blackburn Rovers on Saturday at St. James’ Park.
Howay The Lads!!