Newcastle have not made a great start to this season, and in our first seven games we’ve picked up just 9 points, and that’s 6 points off the pace we set last year when we went the first 11 games unbeaten in the league.
Alan Pardew - no rest for the Newcastle manager
And of course included in those 15 points in the first 7 games were 3 points we picked up at the Stadium of Light through a Ryan Taylor special from a free-kick, but Ryan is out for the rest of the season with an ACL knee injury, along with Haris Vuckic.
Last season we also managed to hammer Manchester United 3-0, but in our last home game it was Manchester United who were much the better side and left St. James’ Park with deserved a 3-0 win.
Next up is Sunderland away on Sunday, and the lads need to get at least a point out of that game, which is one of the most important of the season, along with the home tie with Sunderland.
We’re in the International break at the moment of course, but there has been no let-up for Alan Pardew and the coaching staff, as they have been preparing for the Sunderland game, and Alan Pardew had this to say today in the local press:
“It’s not about reflection.” “It’s about making sure we’re right for Sunderland, because that’s going to be a tough game – they’re better this year.”
“We’re going to have to roll our sleeves up and put in a proper performance for our fans and for ourselves, because we need to get a win on the board.”
The very last thing we need on Sunday is another defeat, that would be a tragedy, but the good news is that with just a bit of luck we’ll have four first teamers returning to the side from injury – Danny Simpson, Fab Coloccini, Steven Taylor and Tim Krul in goal.
So we should have a strong side out against Sunderland, and there seems no reason why we cannot pick up all 3 points in that game, if we can play somewhere near our best form.
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