Newcastle have now lost two games in a row, and two games at home in successive games is hardly good, and as Graeme Souness used to say – if Newcastle lose two games in a row it’s a crisis .
Alan Pardew – under pressure at Newcastle
Well it may not quite be a crisis yet, because we have had a number of our best players out for one reason or another, but it does show our squad is simply not big enough and not good enough to participate in Europe and continue to do well in the Premier League.
This is what Alan Pardew said after the 2-1 defeat today to Swansea City:
“You have to understand that in a managerial career at any football club, you are going to have some times when things don’t go for you. Now we have had a week where it really has conspired against us in a lot of ways.
“Jonas was so close. We were deciding on whether to play him on Friday, and we felt with the injury he had, it was too risky, so he was very, very close.””Then we had Papiss taken away from us, we had Shola Ameobi only arriving on Friday afternoon from international duty with Nigeria, so we had a lot of things that didn’t work for us this week.”
“Of course it’s a concern, you don’t want to lose and home game and we have lost two on the trot.”
Newcastle were beaten by two second half goals from Swansea, the first one being a gift from Tim Krul who cleared his lines straight to a Swansea player, and seconds later the ball was in the back of the net, headed home by Michu on 58 minutes.
And then with three minutes remaining Tim Krul could only parry Gateshead born substitute Danny Graham’s shot, and Jonathan de Guzman hammered the ball home to make it 2-0.
Demba Ba missed a number of gilt-edged opportunities in this game, but he finally headed home in injury time – but Newcastle went down 2-1.
It was disappointing to say the least but next weekend we should have Gutierrez, Cisse and hopefully Yohan Cabaye back in the side.
Things just may start looking up next weekend at Southampton.
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