Alan Pardew is putting Saturday’s defeat at Wigan down to just one of those games – a bad day at the office.
Demba Ba – this is the last time Ba scored – against Villa
We must say that when Wigan scored their goals on Saturday, everything seemed to go for them, and it reminded us of our home game against Aston Villa last season, when we scored six goals with seven shots on goal – everything went our way that day.
And even in that second half at the DW Stadium on Saturday, nothing went right for Newcastle, and the great Papiss Cisse hit the bar with two good efforts, and normally those would have gone in.
But the Wigan game is now history, and we are hoping the lads can redeem themselves tonight at Stamford Bridge, and a win would be simply phenomenal, but the conventional wisdom is that Chelsea will win the game – that’s from the London press – so no surprise there.
And we noticed yesterday that they just cannot understand why their favorite – Harry – wasn’t named the England manager, and they wanted to question the FA Chairman, David Bernstein, about it yesterday – when Roy Hodgson was unveiled.
Chelsea have gone 11 games unbeaten in all competitions, so that’s tells us they are due a defeat soon, very soon.
Alan Pardew had this to say to the local press today:
“I think they are just rolling to games.” “We rolled to Wigan, and it showed you can become unstuck.” “Look at Tottenham against Norwich and Manchester United at Wigan.”
“Sometimes it can just sneak up on you.” “It is not like our confidence was down or we looked like a poor team.” “We just had a bad day at the office when it all worked against us.”
“We turned up late and tactically I look at it and think I should have played a different formation or should have done this or that.” “The team feels the same.”
“What we must not let it do is knock us and we have to go to Chelsea believing we can win.” “It would be very difficult to start changing a team which had won six out of seven just for the sake of 45 minutes.”
“I could not turn round and say on that basis ‘you are not good enough and I am going to change it.” “Having said that, I will bring Sylvain Marveaux and Gabby Obertan, who will be on the bench.”
“We are going to need that extra bit of quality if it is tight, but I will be going for the win.”
We expect Alan to start the same eleven he started at Wigan, but maybe in a 4-4-2 formation this time, which will give Demba Ba more opportunity to break his goal drought – with the Senegal striker now having gone 12 games without scoring – and he is certainly due a goal (tonight?).
Indeed, if Ba can get on the goals trail in the last three games, that could well mean that Newcastle will do well, and with any luck, we could finish above 6th place in the league table.
That would be just great.