We are now stuck in the middle of the table after our shock defeat against West Ham on Sunday, but when you consider the number of good saves that West Ham goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen made – we could even have won that game, given the number of chances we created.
Let’s hope Alan Pardew is smiling like this after the Swansea game
We don’t think things are too bad at Newcastle and a few good wins will put us back we need to be – further up that table, and there’s a good chance to get a win at home to Swansea on Saturday, but the lads are going to have to fight for the win.
There’s been no European games for us in mid-week, although a number of our players are out on International duty and will have some travel to complete too.
But the Swansea home game looks a good 3 points on paper, although we only drew 0-0 in the same tie last season.
The performance against West Ham simply wasn’t good enough, and Newcastle didn’t wake up until the 38th minutes, after former captain Kevin Nolan scored for West Ham.
We need to start this game like the proverbial steam train, and hopefully get an early goal to put us on the right track. Alan Pardew says this game has now become very important for Newcastle, and he had this to say to say in the local press:
“This is a big game now.” “We’ve put ourselves in a position where we don’t want to be in mid-table.” “We want to threaten the top half of the Premier League.” “The West Ham result has knocked us back a bit.”
“It is just about the next game and nothing else.” “There’s no excuse. We should have won against West Ham.”
Newcastle have a chance to pick up points on last season, because even though we are 11 points behind last season’s total after 11 games – in our next 6 games last season we picked up only 2 points – two draws and four defeats – so 3 points on Saturday will leave us only 8 points behind where we were last term after 12 games.
We need a win, and we need to see our players fighting for the win, as though their lives depended on picking up all 3 points.
That should do it. 😀
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