In last season’s home game against West Brom, Shane Long in particular caused Newcastle all kinds of problems at the back, as they counter-attacked Newcastle and won the game 3-2, so the lads will need to come up with just how to combat Shane Long’s speed tomorrow.
Shane Long – danger man tomorrow?
And in the previous season in the last game of the season, as you may recall (it’s painful), we were 3-0 up but conceded three goals in the last thirty minutes of the season and plunged from a possible 9th place in the league with a win, to 12th position with the draw, and we even finished behind Sunderland in the league table.
No wonder owner Mike Ashley was fuming after that game.
So West Brom have caused us problems these last couple of games at St James’ Park, and also West Brom this season have looked a much better side under the guidance of former Newcastle coach Steve Clarke.
And Alan Pardew has admitted last year’s game did not have happy memories, as he has this to say during his press conference:
“That was one of my most disappointing games here last year.” “I thought we were too open and they hurt us on the break a few times. They’ve got real pace in their team and so you have to be careful when you attack West Brom.”
“We are in the position we are in because we have drawn a number of games. Some of those draws were not games we deserved to win, but with everyone fit, I’d like to think we can start getting three points. Draws do not really take you anywhere in this league.”
And Alan’s right there and ever since the league gave out 3 points for a win instead of two, winning games is what gets you up the league table.
And people who talk about unbeaten runs – they mean nothing – and we always think that a team could go unbeaten in the league for a whole season and end up with 38 points (38 draws technically) and still be relegated.
So unbeaten runs don’t mean as much as they once did in the olden days, but wins on the trot are what we need.
We need to start a run of wins to challenge the six wins is a row in the league we put up last season before we were beaten 4-0 at Wigan, and it was 4-0 at the half – what a shock that result was.
Maybe we can get the first win of a new run starting tomorrow?
Certainly a win will give the lads some confidence because against Sunderland, Newcastle gave a wonderful display with just 10 men – now we need to start picking up wins – forget the draws.
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