Newcastle have four draws in our first 7 games of the season, and while it’s good they were not defeats, real success in the league comes from putting a string of wins together, and we hope we can get back to our winning ways tomorrow afternoon, against Chris Hughton’s Norwich City side.
Alan Pardew – we need a win to take us into top eight
And while the Newcastle fans will be keen to welcome Chris Hughton back before the game, Alan Pardew admits Newcastle have now moved on in the last (almost) two years since Chris was fired by Newcastle.
This is some of what the Newcastle manager had to say today:
“We have moved on, but the spirit that was put in by those players and by Chris, has continued here. It is easy to build on.”
“You can’t underestimate getting out of the Championship, and although I thought Mike Ashley and the board were brave in letting him keep all the best players, you’ve still got to do the job.”
“And I know from trying to get out of the Championship that it’s very, very tough. It’s a very hard job and he did a terrific part of that.”
“But Norwich have got some good players and they had some good results last season, so it’s a game that for us that would probably put us in the top eight if we win – and that’s where we want to be.”
“If Chris has to go home unhappy, I’d only want it to be on a professional level, that’s all.”
This is a game we should be winning if we are to do well in the league again this season, and it seems that Demba Ba has found his scoring touch, with 3 goals this season so far, but Papiss Cisse still has to find his.
We could well see the two Senegal strikers start the game tomorrow, but don’t be surprised if the in-form Shola Ameobi gets a decent run out in the second half tomorrow, and the Nigerian-born striker looked in good form on Thursday evening in Madeira and was unlucky not to score on two occasions, with the ball hitting the bar.
Newcastle didn’t have too much trouble last season scoring goals, but so far this term they’ve been a little hard to come by, and in our 7 games we’ve scored only 7 goals.
If we are to start winning these games we need to put that ball into the back of the net more often – and maybe we can start doing that against Norwich City tomorrow.
We hope so.