We don’t want to go on too much more about that game on Saturday, because after a while it gets to be boring and in any case my arm starts to hurt when I have to write about it.
Alan Pardew – Newcastle have been brilliant
The lads are in Tenerife, and jetted out of Gatwick, late Saturday night after the Fulham game.
And our two injured players Steven Taylor and Sylvain Marveaux are among the group, with Taylor recovering from an Achilles injury and Marveaux recovering from a groin injury, and the Frenchman could return to action late next month.
It seems that Alan Pardew didn’t have to do too much with the players, since they were pretty depressed after the game.
There were also words said in the dressing room after the game – and we’ve heard that now from at least two different sources, so maybe not much more needs to be said.
Alan Pardew has been fairly upbeat this week and he had this to say today:
“We’re realistic enough to know that a Europa League place would be an absolutely amazing season for us. The players have played to the maximum all season. Yes, we had a poor 20 minutes here, but I can’t moan as a manager about this team.”
“They’ve been brilliant.” “It can act as a reminder that we have to keep working hard. That’s what we’ll take away from it. If you lose concentration at this level, it will be costly. But we can’t dwell on this too much and be too hard on ourselves.”
“It’s done and there’s nothing we can do about it except make sure that if we concede another soft goal like we did on Saturday, we react much better than we did. That’s the lesson from this game.”
You are successful in life if you can learn from your mistakes and come back big time after a poor showing – in whatever line of work you are in.
In football, that translates to the good teams coming back strongly after a poor performance, and that’s what we are hoping Newcastle will do on Saturday at Brighton, in the FA Cup 4th round tie.
But it’s not only the Brighton game – we have a league game at Blackburn Rovers next Wednesday night followed by a home game at St. James’ Park the following Sunday against Aston Villa.
As we mentioned yesterday – if Newcastle can win those two league games, then we’ll be on 42 points after 24 games played, and can then push on for a high place in the league table this season.
And if indeed the lads can qualify for Europe for next season, it will have been a great season indeed.
It will also mean that Newcastle will bring in more players over the summer, since the club knows they will need a bigger and stronger squad, with the extra games we’ll have to play in Europe.
And we think Mike Ashley will continue to back manager Pardew in the transfer market, since Mike knows those extra revenues will be coming in from the European games.
And with the Magpies also getting sold-out home crowds at St. James’ Park, things are looking up at Newcastle – even if the team had a poor game last Saturday.
Howay The Lads!!