The stats that keep coming up is that Newcastle have but one win in the last eight games, and only 5 points out of a possible 24.
Carver and Pardew – the two men in charge at Newcastle
That’s not a good record, and nowhere near the 25 points we got out of the other 11 games in the league. with that great unbeaten streak we started the season off with.
But you can hardly say we’ve had too much luck lately.
We were unlucky not to get more out of the games against Man City, Chelsea, Swansea, West Brom and Liverpool, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles, as they say.
We also lost Steven Taylor and Sylvain Marveuax for the season through injury, and we were without our top three center-backs at Norwich City when we went down 4-2, and that was a painful game to watch.
I was subconsciously trying to head every high ball away that came into the penalty box during that game, because our defenders certainly weren’t.
But hopefully Newcastle will now be able to regroup, because we’ve got all our players fit and ready to go again, apart form Steven Taylor and Sylvain Maerveaux, and even Gabriel Obertan will be fit for tomorrow night.
This is what Alan Pardew told the press today:
“For our fans, it is important we put in a proper performance.” “It is a game under the floodlights and we know our fans will be roaring us on.”
“John Carver has been talking about this game – it is a big game for our fans.” “We feel we have not had any luck against the big teams.”
“We are just a bit frustrated, really.” “Against Chelsea, we were looking like finding the equaliser at 1-0 down.” “We could have taken the lead against Manchester City.”
“At Liverpool, we just got that free-kick wrong, which is not something we normally do. So it is a bit frustrating.” “ Manchester will be up for it.”
“They lost against one of the bottom teams and will come with a completely different team.” “Regardless of what happened to Manchester United at the weekend, this was always going to be a difficult game.”
“We have had a run of hard games, and injuries and suspensions have not helped us.” “We have more or less a full team now, apart from Steven Taylor and Sylvain Marveaux.”
“Demba scored in the last game against Manchester United, and he will be up for it tomorrow night.”
The only time we had any real luck in the last eight games was at Old Trafford, when we miraculously held out amid a frantic Red Devils assault in that second half, and came away with a 1-1 draw, thanks in the main to a brilliant Tim Krul.
But they say that luck tends to even itself out over the season, and let’s hope we can have some of Sunderland’s luck in the way they beat Man City on Sunday.
Man City launched attack after attack in that second half at the Stadium of Light, but then Sunderland broke away right at the end, and scored with one just second of the three minutes of added time left on the clock.
That was obviously part of the game plan that was put together by new manager Martin O’Neil, just to to make sure City couldn’t come back.
And when the game kicked off – the final whistle blew – and the plan worked just perfectly – 3 points in the bag.
We wouldn’t mind something like that tomorrow night. 😀