It’s not too surprising that both Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote were not at their best on Saturday against Wolves.
Papiss Cisse – scores again after only 6 minutes
If they had been then perhaps Newcastle could have pushed on in that second half, and easily nailed down all 3 points, but we let Wolves back into the game with two sloppy goals.
But the more our top side, which is what we had out on Saturday, play together, hopefully the better the team will become, and we can then match the excellent form we have seen earlier in the season from this Newcastle team.
We still have Sunderland, Norwich, Liverpool, Bolton, Stoke and Manchester City to play at St. James’ Park this season, and most of those game should be winnable - if we play near our best.
But of course on paper we should have rather easily picked up all 3 points on Saturday, but we didn’t, and hopefully the lads will learn from the game, and come back much stronger against Sunderland, in the noon-time kick-off game next Sunday.
Alan Pardew talked today about Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye:
“They will be much better for this,” “You’ve got to understand that this is the Premier League, it’s a different level to the Africa Cup of Nations for Cheick, and Cabaye has been out for three weeks.”
“We need both of them because they are top players, we know that. They have been brilliant against three midfield players in the past, but in this game I thought they got bossed a bit.”
“I think there were a few after-effects from the Spurs game,” ”I would have liked our two full-backs to have joined in a bit more when they were in their own half.”
“We were bombing forward at Spurs, leaving ourselves exposed and probably did the opposite here. But they are things we can adjust this week.”
Newcastle were wary of being caught short at the back, like we were in that opening half against Spurs over two weeks ago, but the lads probably over compensated.
But Spurs themselves took a five goal thrashing yesterday afternoon from Arsenal, after they had been 2-0 up just 6 minutes before the half time break.
But three Arsenal goals in 12 minutes turned the game on its head, and then Theo Walcott scored two excellent opportunist goals and Arsenal deserved the resounding win.
And it was good for Arsenal beleaguered manager Arsene Wenger who gets unbelievable criticism from the English press, although since taking over Arsenal in October 1996, he has always had them in the top four, and has a win rate of 56% and a loss rate of only 24%.
Arsenal are now in 4th position above Chelsea because of more goals scored, since their goal differences of +16 are identical.
But that put Arsenal and Chelsea a full 3 points above Newcastle, who have 43 points from 26 games, and of course our goal difference is much inferior.
The home game against Liverpool will be vital, since they are the main challengers to us for 6th place in the league, and certainly a win against them on April Fool’s day will cement our position of 6th top – assuming we do well before that game.
The game against Liverpool is a Sunday game, with a 1:30 pm kick-off, and that could be some game, but none are bigger than our next game against Sunderland this Sunday.
A win in that game in imperative.