Watching last night’s game between Chelsea and Manchester City was interesting.
Alan Pardew – we are going through a rough patch
Chelsea finally came out 2-1 winners to inflict the first defeat in the league this season, but in the first 20 minutes it looked like City would bury Chelsea, who defense looked fragile once again.
It was good to note that Newcastle have recently given both side a game, and although we lost both games, Newcastle were a good match for both of these top sides.
Of course that’s when we had Fab Coloccini and Steven Taylor both playing, and with Mike Williamson still injured, we proved we were simply hopeless and had a very soft center at Norwich on Saturday.
Newcastle have now lost three out of their last four games, with defeats to Chelsea, Manchester City and Norwich ensuring we have slipped down to 7th place in the league table.
Of course, to put things in perspective, if anybody had said we’d be in 7th place in December last August, we’d wonder what they had been smoking. 😀
Alan Pardew talked about the rough time Newcastle are going through at the moment:
“We are having a tough run in terms of injuries and suspensions,” he told Mirror Football.” “This is what the Premier League is about – it tests you.”
“You are not going to have it smooth all year, and maybe this is our rough patch,”
With Coloccini almost certain to start on Saturday and Cheick Tiote having a good chance to return to the starting line-up, Newcastle will be a lot stronger than the side fielded at Carrow Road.
And it will be very important for the lads to wrap up all three points against Swansea, a team we should be beating at least at home.
And don;’t forget to take your scarves to the game for those who will be attending as their will be a ceremony before the game to celebrate Gary Speed’s life, which ended so tragically just over two weeks ago, when he committed suicide by hanging himself in his garage.
Louise, Gary’s wife and now a widow, will also be attending the game, and it’s very fitting that Welsh club Swansea will be the visitors.
And finally, was I the only one who thought Harry Redknapp’s comments on Sunday, after their 2-1 defeat at Stoke, were simply hilarious.
Redknapp made a point about how in 30 years of coaching he had never ever criticized the referees, and then he laid into Chris Foy for not allowing an offside goal by Adebayor, and not giving a penalty for a foul on Luka Modric.
We don’t think Harry can ever make that statement again, and this is what he said after the game:
“We’ve come away with nothing because there was a blatant handball on the line and Adebayor is two yards onside when the ball is played to him.”
“That’s why we’ve come away with nothing, two decisions have been completely and utterly wrong. I spoke to the referee after the game. I never go and speak to referees after the game.”
” I accept defeat and have never complained about refereeing decisions in 30 years of managing. Never.” ( comment – wait for it – maybe not this time)
“But today he got some badly wrong. When he goes home tonight and sees them he’ll know he’s made a couple of terrible decisions”
“The linesman, he’ll watch it tonight, when his wife’s making him a bacon sandwich and he’ll think: ‘F*** me what have I done there today?”
So will Harry now be fined by the FA – probably not since he seems to be the darling of the press and even the FA, who may well appoint him the England manager next summer, when Fabio Capello leaves.
Have you noticed that when teams are beaten, it’s never really their fault, and usually it’s some poor – make that terrible – refereeing decisions?
Heaven forbid it if managers ever take some responsibility for their defeats.