There has been some grumbling by fans recently with Newcastle’s mediocre start to the season, with only four points from the first three league games, but of course we did qualify for the Europa League group stages by beating Atromitos, although those two games were not easy ones.
Alan Pardew – looking forward to Everton game
And in the Newcastle Journal today, manager Alan Pardew says the lads have done quite well, although we have not yet shown the great form of last term, but we should also probably wait until 10 games have been played before passing judgement.
No chance. 😀
This is what Alan Pardew had to say:
“We have done okay. We have had a decent start and I’m looking forward to the Everton game.” “The international break does not help any of the squads or the managers to build any continuity. I look at all the teams and there is the odd game where you play well, but no one has really hit top form.”
“You could argue that Chelsea hit the road running, but all of us managers are just trying to get our teams nailed down.” “After ten games is when you can judge whether or not you have made a good start to the season, a bad start or just an indifferent start – and at the moment we are just getting going.”
“I think that what with the European campaign and our first games in there with a squad who have mostly never played in Europe, we have done really well.” “In the league games, performance-wise, you would like to see us being a bit more fluid and hopefully that will come in the next few games.”
“We have had some good news in that Shane Ferguson and Sammy Ameobi are back in training, and they are two players who I thought would have featured by now in the first team, so I am looking forward to seeing them out there.” “They really have got a great year in front of them. They are two of our better players.”
The manager was speaking at an event publicizing the Pedal for Petrov cycle ride, which is attempting to raise £250K for leukaemia and lymphoma research.
Things have been a bit quiet at Newcastle during the International break, but things should now start picking up for the very tough game ast Goodison Park on Monday night.
And Pardew will be hoping that players like Yohan Cabaye, and our two top strikers Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse can start showing their form of last season, when all three were outstanding players for Newcastle.
With only a win, loss and a defeat so far in the league, Newcastle need to pick something up from the trip to Goodison Park, but it’s always difficult for us to get anything out of that game, although two years ago we did get the 1-0 win with a fantastic strike from the in-form Ben Arfa – his first goal ever for Newcastle.
The same result would be great on Monday night – just what we need.
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