Newcastle enter the new year of 2012 on a poor run of form.
Alan Pardew – did very well last year in taking Newcastle up to 7th place
In the last eight games Newcastle have won only one and drawn two and lost five, for a total of only 5 points.
But during that time we have played four of the top six sides, the two Manchester clubs, Chelsea and Liverpool, and we took only one point out of those games, the one at Old Trafford.
And of the remaining four games we got a decent result at home to Swansea at 0-0, and a good win at Bolton 2-0, and it was interesting that we kept a clean sheet in both of those games.
When you get down to it, it was only the 3-2 defeat at home against West Brom and the 4-2 defeat at Norwich that were poor results, and of course Newcastle did not play well in either of those two games, and concede seven goals in the process.
In the Norwich game we were without our three best center-backs, and Danny Simpson and James Perch both had to play out of position in central defense, and they were both average in the air, and we gave up four poor goals at Carrow Road.
Newcastle had a better chance to get something out of the West Brom game, but after pulling back to 2-2 after 81 minutes, and possibly then being able to get the winner, we conceded yet another poor goal.
It was only at Bolton, since the Chelsea game that we had two recognized center-backs together – when Mike Williamson finally returned from injury to partner Coloccini at the back.
And the lads did very well at Bolton and we did well in patches against Liverpool on Friday night, but it was again a disappointing result at Anfield and we were certainly not at our best.
But we cannot really complain too much when we don’t take points from the top six sides of Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.
Newcastle will do well this year depending on how they do against the other 13 sides in the league, which is why if was disappointing that we got nothing from Norwich or West Brom.
And Newcastle have a chance to prove this season they are the best side outside the top six which would also include Arsenal and Tottenham, in addition to the four we have played recently.
And even after a poor run of results, Newcastle are still in 7th place in the Premier League with 30 points, and still 4 points clear of Stoke, and we have a better goal difference too.
The goal this season is to finish in the top 10 in the league come May, and if we can only get back to being solid at the back again, with Coloccini and Williamson together again, we’ll have an excellent chance of doing just that.
That seems to be the key, to start playing very tight at the back and to get as many clean sheets as we can muster.
And Newcastle have an outside chance of finishing in 7th place and even qualifying again for Europe in this new year.
That has to be exciting, and Newcastle are on the road back to being an excellent team again, and we wish the lads all the best this year.
And in this our first article of 2012, we wish all our readers and Newcastle fans everywhere the very best in the new year.
Howay The Lads!!