Alan Pardew’s comments after the 4-0 defeat at Wigan on Saturday, seemed to be aimed at his players.
Fab Coloccini – we are still having a good season
If you read what Alan said he was talking about when we’ve had poor results in the past the players have come back big time in the next game, and he will be hoping we can do that at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
But Chelsea are surging at the moment, and look in great form, and they are full of confidence after beating the best club side in world – Barcelona – last week.
They took QPR apart 6-1 at home in yesterday’s game and the score could have been even higher.
The Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini doesn’t seem too worried this morning, and he is mirroring Alan Pardew’s comments today, that the Newcastle players are still full of confidence:
“Yes, it was disappointing,” “We played badly, but all we can do now is think about the next game and make sure we take points from it. Arsenal only drew, so we’ll see. We have to show some patience, and it’s a big game at Chelsea now.”
“It’s like a dream for us, and we still have a chance to fight for it,” “We know we have to get something at Chelsea. We know the Europa League place is already in the bag, so we can push for a top-four finish.”
“Maybe if we play Europa League the young players can get a taste for it, but we want to finish in the top four.” “Wigan played really well,” “It was a tough game. We just have to keep going – we can still do well at Chelsea.”
“We’re having a great season so our confidence is still high.” “The manager was disappointed. We have two days to have a look at where we went wrong, then try to get ready for the next game.”
“We have to carry on and get as many points as we can and see where it leaves us.”
Newcastle will probably need to avoid defeat on Wednesday night, if we are to have any chance of finishing in the top four, and of course if Newcastle can play at or near their best they could still come away with a good result.
Next up after Chelsea are Manchester City at home on Sunday.
Most pundits are saying that the winner tonight’s game between the two Manchester clubs will decide the Premier League this season. That could well be true if United win at the Etihad Stadium tonight, because it puts them 6 points ahead of City.
But if City win they go top on goal difference, but they have to then visit Newcastle next weekend, and the players are probably shuddering at that prospect. 😀
We should remind those “expert” pundits that we took Manchester United apart 3-0 at St. James’ Park in early January, and it would be terrific if Newcastle could beat City on Sunday, in our last home game of the season, whatever the result this Wednesday evening.
That would show them!