Alan Pardew has seemed quite calm and confident this week as he has given interviews before this afternoon’s game against Wolves at home.
Cheick Tiote – Pardew says this lad makes all the difference
Newcastle need to start paying the Newcastle fans back for the two hammerings the lads took on their last two trips to London, with both those defeats coming in our last four league games.
The 5-2 capitulation at Craven Cottage, after we had completely dominated the game in the first half, and had gone ahead with a great goal from Danny Guthrie, was very hard to take.
And of course, even more so when we didn’t turn up until the second half last time out at White Hart Lane.
Alan Pardew has said his team may be a little nervous at the start of this afternoon’s game, and we hope he’s right, and that the nervous energy will be translated into a fast start to the game for the Magpies.
Spurs came at Newcastle like a steam train in our last game, and had the game won after only 34 minutes, when they had blasted four goals past the usually decent Newcastle defense.
So we hope the tables are turned this afternoon, against a side who are 3rd bottom of the league and have just had their manager Mick McCarthy fired, following their 5-1 home defeat last time out against local rivals West Brom.
Pardew seems to be well aware of what happened at Tottenham and Fulham, and it’s not a mystery to him what happened:
“No, I have not really been scratching my head at those defeats. I think I am clear on why and I think we can address it.”
“Missing Tiote was a big reason. I do not think we would have got two heavy defeats with Cheick in the team.”
“You know, sometimes, the back four can get confidence from the screen in front. I think there is a little bit of that.”
“That is why I have no hesitation in putting Cheick straight back in the team, he is a big part of this team.”
“We’ve had a fantastic season and we were written off at Christmas and we have bounced back from that.”
“And have got ourselves a position in the league that we thoroughly deserve.” “But it’s not not the finish of the season so we still have some games to play.”
“Are we going to improve our position or is it going to get worse?” “And I would hope it’s not going to get worse and we are going to improve it as best as we can.”
The brutal truth is that if Newcastle are indeed going to do well through the end of the season, and finish high up in the league table, the game this afternoon against Wolves is one we must win.
And if Newcastle do not win this game it will be definitely points lost.
We won the same fixture 4-1 last season, with goals from Kevin Nolan, Shola Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands and Jonas Gutierrez, although it was a closer game than the score may suggest.
Shola and Lovenkrands cannot get their places in the side with Demba Ba doing so well this season, and his Senegal team mate Papiss Cisse will be in action again today, wearing the famous number 9 shirt.
And if these two strikers are as sharp as they looked last time out at St. James’ Park, when we beat Aston Villa 2-1, we should be able to get all 3 points today.
Howay The Lads!!