Alan Pardew talked yesterday about his Newcastle team being humbled in the last two games, when we suffered back to back defeats against West Ham United and Swansea City, which were two games we were looking to pick up maximum points from – at least on paper.
Alan Pardew last Sunday on the sideline
But Newcastle also have games coming thick and fast through the end of the year, with a game tomorrow night at home to Maritimo, and then we travel to Southampton on Sunday afternoon, for a tough game against the newly promoted side, who are second bottom of the league table but just beat QPR 3-1 last time out.
Alan Pardew spoke yesterday at a St James’ Park event to promote Show Racism the Red Card, and he had this to say:
“We’ve been humbled a little bit.” “When you’ve been humbled, there’s only one way to respond. Tomorrow and on Sunday I expect my team to respond.” “I think I’ve worked out this Europa League.”
“I would rather play our Premier League games on a Thursday and the Europa League games on a Sunday, it might be easier!” “We all know if we win against Maritimo, a bit of the feel-good factor comes back to us with qualification.”
“Like all teams, I don’t care how good you are, you can suffer with your confidence and we don’t want to go down that road.” “There isn’t much of a gap between 12th and where we want to be but there isn’t much of a gap between 12th and the bottom, either.”
“We have to focus on what’s important, which is the next three points.” “I think I’ve learned the squad has been stretched and injuries compound that .” “With these type of competitions you do need a little bit of luck and we’ve had bad luck .”
“Two cruciate injuries to Ryan Taylor and Haris Vuckic and another lengthy injury maybe to Yohan Cabaye.” “We have come unstuck a little bit on top of a bigger program. Last year we didn’t have those injuries.”
Newcastle have played 19 matches, which is four games more than we had played last year at this time, but that’s what happens when you are a successful club and finish 5th top of the league in the previous season, so it’s hardly something to complain about.
But Newcastle must keep their nerve and their confidence, and we’ll soon start getting the breaks, but these next two games are definitely important ones.
And if we were going to win one of the them, we’d plump for all 3 points from the Southampton game, as the Premier League is our bread and butter, and we must start climbing the table from our current 12th position with only 14 points from our 12 games so far.
What do you think?
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