Newcastle just about made it to the finish line last week against Norwich, but we did have a bit of luck to hang on to our 1-0 lead in the second half.
Alan Pardew – we will play better today
Norwich upped their game in that second half, but the Newcastle players were fighting hard for the win and it was a gut check, and in the end it was a great result, if not a good performance for Newcastle.
It broke the four game streak without a win, and we know Alan Pardew has his feet firmly on the ground, and he knows it was not a great performance from the side.
But he sees a new buoyancy in training this week with the players, and thinks the lads will player better today at The Hawthorns:
“I said after Norwich we’re under no illusions we’re not firing all cylinders. But we needed a win,”
“I see on the training ground this week a new bouyancy among us and I do think we’ll play better on Sunday than we did against Norwich. I’m convinced of that.”
“We’ve still got to get a result against a team who are very formidable at home.” “I do feel in better shape this week than I have done for a long time.”
The Newcastle manager seems to be just a little worried about our away form, although the last time on the road at Arsenal, Newcastle played well and were desperately unlucky not to get a point out of that game.
Newcastle still have to play at Wigan, Fulham, Swansea, Everton and Chelsea and none of those games look easy.
Alan thinks Newcastle are fighting for form away from home, but he seems to be looking forward to the Manchester City game at home near the end of the season on 6th May, and that should be a great match:
“I think on a given day, with our best team, we’re as good as the top teams – especially at home,” “Away you need to have that experience of a few campaigns.”
“You see Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea and Spurs now away from home, they have a comfort they can win the game.”
“We’re fighting away from home and I think our form suggests that – we’re fighting to try and find the formula to win away.”
“But not at home. When Manchester City come here. . . well, people talk about them playing Man United as being a title decider.”
“But they have got a tough game afterwards as they’ve got to come to our place.”
“As much as that Man United game could be a title decider, that game could too.”
Newcastle also have to play Liverpool at home next Sunday, and that’s almost a must-win match – especially with Liverpool down in the dumps with two successive defeats against relegation fighting sides, QPR and Wigan.
But first things first and Newcastle must handle West Brom today, and it will not be easy, but a win is what we want to see, especially since they beat us 3-2 at St. James’ Park in December.
Howay The Lads!!