Before last week’s game at Liverpool, Alan Pardew and a few of the Newcastle players had said that the next batch of games in the Premier League are the ones where Newcastle can get quite a few points out of, and begin to move up the league table.
Davide Santon - in good form this season for Newcastle
But to do that Newcastle need wins rather than draws, and for the second away game running, Newcastle gave up a 1-0 half time lead last Sunday, and finished with just a single point.
And Davide Santon, who is a much improved player this season than last, is confident Newcastle can get the job done tomorrow afternoon, against two old boys returning to St. James’ Park – Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan.
When Andy returned last season on April Fool’s day, he was continually booed as Newcastle beat Liverpool 2-0.
And the Gateshead lad was not too pleased when his then manager Kenny Dalglish replaced him after 79 minutes, and that gave a chance for the sell-out crowd of Geordies, to let Andy know they didn’t much like him leaving his home town club for big money at Liverpool.
This is what Davide Santon told the local press today:
“They have Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan so we have to be careful. It is very important for us to win the game. We are only playing for a win. We have to stop them. We know they are coming here to score. However, we know we have a great defense here.”
“We have a great team and we can stop them.” “West Ham will be a difficult game. They have some good players.” “I think it was better that neither ourselves nor Brugge won the other night.”
“It is better for our mentality. We can still get through in Europe, but we are now ready to win tomorrow.” “This game is very important. We have a lot of confidence and we can win.”
“We just have to get back into the winning mentality every game. We are in a great position to move forward.”
Newcastle put a six game winning streak together in the league towards the end of last season, and it’s something like that we need at the moment, to reignite Newcastle’s season, because we’ll need to finish somewhere in the top six or thereabouts, to qualify for Europe next season.
And Newcastle need to be in Europe every season, otherwise some of our top players may even think about moving on, and that’s one reason Alan Pardew keeps stressing that the Premier League is Newcastle’s highest priority.
A win against the Hammers tomorrow will get our season going – there’s no doubt about that.
Howay The Lads!!
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