The doom and gloom is beginning to lift after the poor display on Saturday.
Alan Pardew – shown today in the sunshine of Tenerife
Alan Pardew are now in Tenerife and the sun is shining down on the Newcastle squad, as they have their mid-season break to do some team building and reflect on what they have achieved in the first part of the season.
The truth is that Newcastle are in 6th place in the Premier League and a good 6 points above Stoke City in 8th place, and a much better goal difference too.
So if Newcastle can get in a decent run of games through the end of the season, there’s no reason why Newcastle cannot end up in the top 7 in the Premier League.
Alan Pardew and the lads apparently flew into Tenerife on Saturday night from Gatwick, after the defeat at Fulham.
And they will have already had meetings with the coaching staff to look at how the team have done in the first 22 league games of the season.
Alan seemed very upbeat when he talked to nufcTV this afternoon from their training camp:
“Fulham was a disappointing game, but not a disappointing weekend, fortunately.” “The other results mean we are still right in there, and that’s where we want to be.
“Arsenal lost, Stoke got beat and Chelsea got a draw, so we find ourselves in a not too different position to where we were at the start of that game.”
“It’s gone now – there’s nothing we can do about it. We will reflect on the second half and make sure that never happens again.” “We just lost our way.”
“That can happen in the Premier League, but there is nothing to panic or worry about.” “We are in a fantastic position, and if our fans are a little bit concerned after Saturday, they shouldn’t be.”
“We are looking at those above, don’t worry about that.” “I came here in the summer to view the place, and it’s fantastic – really top notch,”
“We are out here on the back of a disappointing result, which isn’t ideal, but it’s nice to have a break and bring us all together.”
“After that result we needed it, just to go over a few things in the next couple of days.”
Newcastle have 36 points from their 22 league games, with 10 wins and 10 draws and 6 defeats, and a goal difference of +2.
And we would have taken that in a NY minute, if somebody had suggested that’s where Newcastle would be at the end of January.
Last season we ended up with 11 win and 13 draws over the full season and finished up in 12th position with 46 points.
We have also just signed top Senegal striker Papiss Cisse, so there is still a lot to be happy with, even after Saturday’s disappointing result and second half performance.
We are hoping the lads will recharge their batteries in Tenerife, and then come out at Brighton like the proverbial steam train, and qualify for round 5 and the last 16.
If we can do that we have every right to look forward to a home draw in round 5, and the possibility is that we can reach the quarter finals.
If we can do that anything is then possible.
Howay the Lads!!