There’s no doubt that Newcastle will have to show their spirit in the next three league games.
Alan Pardew – we’ll see how the players deal with adversity
We are at second bottom Bolton Wanderers on Monday afternoon, Boxing Day, and they have lost seven of their eight league games at home this season, so surely we are in with a chance of all three points at the Reebok Stadium?
A win on Monday would lift the mood on Tyneside big time!
Then on Friday evening Newcastle visit Anfield, and Liverpool have not been all that good at home this season, and we could scrape a draw in that game.
The following Wednesday night we entertain Manchester United at home, and they have come into some good form after being eliminated from the European Champions League.
The following Saturday we are again at home, this time to Blackburn Rovers, in the third round of the FA Cup, so hopefully we will be able to progress to round four this season.
We are hoping Newcastle show some character in these games, as indeed they showed last night, because we never saw one head drop during the game, even though a lot of things conspired against the lads, in front of a magnificent crowd of over 51,000.
Alan Pardew talked about the adversity:
“I said all along that adversity is going to come our way. You don’t go through a Premier League season without having that adversity somewhere down the line.”
“The most important thing for us is that we don’t become desperate for a win. I think we’re talking here about tweaks rather than surgery.”
“We’ve had a fantastic first half of the season and we’re looking to build on that.”
Those are good words from Alan, because the worst thing Newcastle can do is become too anxious to break the six game streak without a win.
And certainly that anxiety did show up last night after West Brom went ahead on 20 minutes with a goal out of nothing.
One of the real positives of the game last night was the excellent showing of 19 year-old Haris Vuckcic, and he has been rightly praised by the manager for his great performance, when he went close three times to scoring, and two of those efforts were from long range shots.
Haris is going to become a great player for the Tyneside club, and of course he came to Newcastle when he was just 16 years old back in January of 2008.
Haris stood in for Yohan Cabaye last night but the Frenchman will return at Bolton on Monday after serving his one match suspension.
The Slovenian U21 International talked about the game last night:
“I got my chance and despite being a bit nervous, I proved to the fans, the gaffer and my family that I can do it.”
“It makes it all worthwhile with all the sacrifices I’ve made to come here from Slovenia.”
“It’s a dream come true to make my debut and I’m really happy.”
We’ve been a fan of Haris Vuckic ever since he arrived, and we knew the lad was something special because his Slovenian club NK Domžale held a televised news conference to announce he was joining Newcastle United.
That was after other top clubs had been very interested in the player.
We thought right then he must be something special and he is, and he showed last night what an excellent player he can become, potentially in the mold of Patrick Vieira.
Haris will probably not start on Monday afternoon, but he can expect a lot more playing time from the bench and in the FA Cup, after his excellent Premier League starting debut.
And finally, it would be easy to be over critical of Newcastle after the last three games, but now is when the lads need our support, more than ever.
Howay The Lads!!