Things may not look too good at the moment but I just watched the Fulham – Liverpool game and Liverpool managed to lose it 1-0 at Craven Cottage to a poor Fulham side.
Alan Pardew – still smiling after all these problems
So Liverpool are still 3 points behind Newcastle who are joint 5th top with Arsenal on 26 points, and just 14 points from safety.
That’s not too bad at all, as long as we can overcome our central defense difficulties before January rolls around and we can strengthen the defense with new players.
But there are points to be picked up before the end of the year and hopefully keep us up there near the top of the league.
Alan Pardew will face a tough week trying to sort out who can play at center-half alongside James Perch who will definitely start on Saturday.
And we still don’t know how bad Colo’s injury is, and we have to hope he will miss at most just one game, as the Argentine is usually a quick healer.
We’re not sure how Alan will solve his defensive problems this week, and whether he will even consider using Tamas Kadar or Davide Santon in the back four.
In our still active poll for the two best center-backs available – James Perch is on 63%, Tamas Kadar is at 52% and Davide Santon is on 40%.
This is what Alan said today:
“The injuries are our biggest concern now,” “We’ve had a brilliant season so far, but injuries are going to come our way and you have to cope with it.”
“We’re coming into games now that we know are winnable, and could let us back into that top four.” “But at some point in the season you’re going to get into difficult situations and it looks like we’re in a difficult one .”
“But the spirit of the group will remain strong as we go to the next game.” “We’ve been a bit unlucky in these three games, we’ve not had our best squad to pick from, yet my team are competitive.”
The game at Norwich is shaping up to be a bit of a water-shed game, but the Norwich defense is not particularly solid, and goalkeeper John Ruddy is prone to be weak on crosses.
But it’s not all doom and gloom at Newcastle, and a win would give everybody a lift after the last three tough games.
But it will be interesting as news filters through this week from the Benton training grounds, as to who Alan is thinking of playing alongside James Perch on Saturday.
Did we say we are still three points above Liverpool after 14 games played. 😀