Life is full of ups and downs.
Fab Coloccini – let’s hope he can return this Saturday
And since football is a part of life, and a big one for Newcastle fans, it tends to have its ups and downs too.
Over the first 11 games of the season, and even in the Carling Cup, Newcastle were on an up – and indeed equaled the record of 11 games unbeaten in the league for only the third time in their history, and it’s fair to say that was a huge surprise to many of us.
Things were really buzzing, and the lads were playing well and some of the signings in the summer, like Yohan Cabaye and Demba Ba, have become huge players for the club.
But over the last four games, the first three of which were always going to be difficult against the two Manchester clubs on the road, followed by Chelsea at home, we’ve been on a down.
Indeed if you had looked at how many points we could have taken from those first two games you would have probably said none, a possible point at home to Chelsea (maybe even a win), and probably a win at Norwich.
So 4 points from those four game would have been a decent return and would have had Newcastle in 5th place in the league table..
And it turns out we took only one point, at Old Trafford, but the wheels came off at home to Chelsea, when we lost our two center-backs Fab Coloccini and Steven Taylor, who is out for the season with his Achilles injury.
And it’s fair to say the last four games have been a down for Newcastle, who are now in 7th place on 26 points, but now only 5 points about the 8th placed team Stoke City, after being 10 points above the 8th placed team a short four games ago.
But if you look at the four upcoming games through the end of the year, the next two games are both at home to Swansea and WBA, and then an away game against bottom-placed Bolton and then a tough away game at Liverpool.
We expect nothing at Liverpool, but as long as we can get Coloccini and Williamson back into the side this Saturday, then there’s not reason at all why the lads cannot get three wins in a row over the next three games.
If Newcastle can get 9 points from the next four games, then Newcastle will be flying high, and on an up again, and bad news for the doom and gloomers.
There’s absolutely no reason why that is not possible, as long as Colooccini and Mike Williamson can return to the fray on Saturday, both 100% fit and ready to go.
That’s our view – what do you think?
Howay The Lads!!