If it’s one thing we like about the new management at Newcastle, it’s that Alan Pardew and John Carver will not let the Newcastle players get carried away.
John Carver – on the training ground
The start this season has been great, and with the confidence that has given our players, we should be pushing ahead and trying to win every game, especially those at home.
It’s true that Newcastle have carried a lot of luck so far this season, and that we haven’t played one side in the top six in the league so far.
But that can be put right next Sunday afternoon, when Newcastle entertain Tottenham, and it’s a good possibility that Newcastle can take all 3 points, if they play anywhere near their best form.
But for John Carver, he sees this period as a dangerous time for the team, as he remembers last season,when the side collapsed badly during the Spring games, after we had done so well, and we finally finished up 12th in the league on 46 points, and could have, and should have finished higher.
In March and April and including the game at Liverpool on May 1st, Newcastle played 7 league games and won only one, the 4-1 win at home to Wolves, and the side collected just 5 points in those 7 games.
John Carver doesn’t want any mini collapses this season, as the told the Sunday Sun today:
““Complacency will be punished”. ” The start has been a great start but nobody’s getting carried away,” “It can change so quickly and we will lose a game somewhere down the road.”
“It’s about how we react to losing that game – that’s the most important bit.” “But we’re not taking our foot off the pedal or easing up.”
“We’ve had some really hard sessions this week, we’re not relaxing because as soon as you do it bites you in the bum.” “We won’t let that happen, we can’t let it happen.”
“It happened before, I saw it happen last year when we thought we were safe and ended up having to fight for our lives to get over that magical 40 point mark. We nearly got caught.”
“That won’t happen anymore.” “Our preparation will be spot on – we have a plan in place to give the players some time off but we’re back to work on Monday and there will be no let up,”
The Newcastle players will report to training again on Monday morning, as the build up to the Tottenham game starts.
Of course some of our players are playing International games on Tuesday evening, and we have to hope that none of them gets injured – and we’ve already had one scare with Cabaye’s fitness, although thankfully he seems to be fine.
A win against Tottenham, and we’ll all be flying.