If there’s one thing we are sure Alan Pardew will not do from now until our last game on May 13th at Everton – is to get carried away with Newcastle’s success.
Cheick Tiote in action in first half at Swansea
Five wins on the trot have pulled Newcastle above money-bags Chelsea in the league table, and Newcastle are quietly showing the big spenders like Manchester City and Liverpool, as well as Chelsea – that it doesn’t necessarily take bug bucks to build a top side.
That’s if you have a great scouting organization, a good Youth policy and have the club run very well financially.
This is the fifth weekend break we’ve had this season, and in the other four Newcastle did not win their next game – and these are the previous four results after a weekend break before the game:
12th September, 0-0 at QPR
16th October, 2-2 at home to Tottenham
19th November, beaten 3-1 at Manchester City
25th February, 2-2 at home to Wolves
Drawn three and lost one, but we want to do better than that against Stoke and win the game.
The next game is a week tomorrow at home to Stoke City, and not surprisingly Alan Pardew wants to improve the record and get Newcastle’s 6th win on the trot, so Alan is changing things around just a little bit.
The lads have been off most of this week and will return to training tomorrow, and it looks like Danny Guthrie and Cheick Tiote will be able to join in the training, after recovering from their injuries.
This is what Alan said yesterday:
“We looked at this period and decided we were going to do things a bit differently to how they’ve been done in the past,”
“We’ve given the players some days off after the Bolton game and then we’ll be bringing them back in to do some work over the weekend.”
“We think that might work better for us because after previous two-week breaks, we haven’t come back with a win.”
“We’re trying to do it differently to make sure it doesn’t happen that way again.”
Our scheduled opponents this weekend had been Chelsea, but they play Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday at Wembley, and the game at Chelsea is now rearranged to Wednesday, May 2nd with a 7:45 pm kick off time.
A win in that game would probably see Newcastle qualify for Europe, although we could do that tomorrow, if only Liverpool can beat Everton in the other semi-final at Wembley, which has an early 12:30 pm kick off time.
That early kick-off is obviously to put us all out of our misery, and see if Newcastle can get into Europe next season, by Liverpool reaching the FA Cup Final.
It’s one of the few times we’ll be hoping for a Liverpool win, but it could be a happy day for Newcastle tomorrow, and we’re not even playing.
We’re wishing and hoping.