Newcastle were in the heady heights of the top four, and even the top three, over the first 11 league games of the season.
Alan Pardew – fantastic position in the league
But a poor patch of just 2 points from the last five games, has seen Newcastle slide down to 7th place in the league.
But three of those games were against top four opposition, and we didn’t expect many points from those games at all.
In the game following those three, we were ravaged by injury 11 days ago at Carrow Road, and didn’t have any of our top three center- backs available, and we lost 4-2 at Norwich City.
But when Newcastle got Coloccini and Tiote back into the side last Saturday, the lads looked near their best again, and got their 5th clean sheet of the season, and dominated the game against Swansea, but just couldn’t get that one goal to win it.
With Newcastle almost back to their strongest side, there’s no reason why Newcastle cannot do well on Wednesday night at home to WBA, and then in the following game, away next Monday afternoon at Bolton Wanderers.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has admitted it’s been a much more successful season so far, than he had expected:
“It’s been a fantastic year. It’s more than I could have hoped for in terms of where we are. You know people will look at our recent run and they don’t actually look at the bigger picture.”
“We’re in a fantastic position in the league, we’re still got some good games coming up and it’s all there for us. We’re just rolling on. We’re ahead of where we thought we’d be, for sure.”
“We didn’t think we’d be in this position. When you’re lying second in the league like we were, with the budget we’ve got, to try and stay there is totally unrealistic, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep trying to aim for those heights.”
“We want to keep up there in sixth or seventh. We’ve had some bad fortune with injuries, because when we played against the best teams we didn’t have our best team.”
“When we went to Norwich we were in the unusual position of having our three main, first choice centre-halves out injured. It does turn around and when we get our best team we are competitive.”
Newcastle can start climbing that table again by getting some wins, and prove the many expert pundits wrong, who think Newcastle will not be able to get back into the top six again.
We can can start tomorrow night by taking all 3 points against WBA at home, and that will give the Magpies 30 points from their first 17 games, and that’s not too bad in anybody’s book.
And the news tonight that Luis Suarez has been banned by the FA for 8 games, will not help Newcastle in their game at Anfield on 30th December.
That’s because Suarez and Liverpool have two weeks to appeal the decision, and the Uruguayan striker can play over that period.
That’s bad luck for Newcastle.