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Newcastle Have Massive 5 Games In Next 17 Days

9:54 am, Friday, November 23rd, 2012 by Ed Harrison · 19 Comments

It’s bad enough to lose Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse last night against Maritimo, but it’s a time when the games come thick and fast,  and Newcastle have two games away from home at Southampton on Sunday and then at Stoke City next Wednesday night, and in total we have 5 games to play before December 10th – a time span of only 17 days.

Ben Arfa – out injured with hamstring problem

The games after Southampton and Stoke are at home to Wigan a week on Monday, and then away at Bordeaux on the following Thursday in the Europa league,  and then Fulham at Craven Cottage on the following Monday night, December 10th.

Newcastle will need to draw on some of their youngsters for these games, with as many as 9 players now out injured for the next few weeks, and of course Ryan Taylor,  Haris Vuckic and Dan Gosling are long term injuries, with James Perch, Shola Ameobi, Ben Arfa, Gabby Obertan, Papiss Cisse and Yohan Cabaye also out injured.

But there’s very little Alan Pardew can do about it other than just to get on with it – and we have 10 games to play through Wednesday, January 2nd – when we entertain Everton at home.

So while we may all be concerned about our lack of form and results of late, the injuries have a lot to do with that – and the lads need our support now more than ever in the next 40 days, when we are scheduled to play 10 games.

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Tags: Europa League · Injuries · Newcastle News · Premier League





19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 rainrix // Nov 23, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Argh Ed cisse might still make it he isn’t out for sure yet !!!!!!! :)

  • 2 archaeomag // Nov 23, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    5 games in 17 days – all this and the Curse of W@nga . . . .

  • 3 Santon03 // Nov 23, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Griff

    I agree with you on booing players, I do not condone it.
    This is my opinion : we have basically the same players with last year, we only added 4 new ones. Take away all last year achievements and looking only at the way we play. My view, we are not playing the same way, either the other teams getting better or we are getting worse. Last season when we played MU or Arsenal or Chelsea, I still have confidence that we could win the game, it’s very exciting to watch. Now, everytime I watch I’m don’t have any confidence that we can win even against lesser teams, and there is no excitement added by losing at home, it’s only frustration.
    Again, please take away all achievements last season just concentrate on the playing style between last season and this season. If you say it’s the same, then I will admit I’m wrong for being frustrated, since I’m not as expert as some people here pointed out.

  • 4 Griff-toon // Nov 23, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    I will just wait until Ed has posted all his news before comenting.. all my posts are lost in this blogposting frenzy

  • 5 Ian Magpie // Nov 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    So say its Feb 1st 2013 and we have gone through another transfer window with no signings…….What then! Whether you like it or not it COULD HAPPEN!

    In the meantime forget about Laurel and Hardy and grin and bare it! We as a club have gone through much much worse so for now just swallow it and support the team!!!

  • 6 89Norcal // Nov 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Christ, i was 2 posts behind! How many wpm do you type, Ed?

    Griff, saw your post. The anti-climactic and mediocre nature of a starting lineup of Obertans is the kicker for me, even though he’s done slightly better lately than alot of other players.

  • 7 89Norcal // Nov 23, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    At this rate, we could be fielding the youngest starting XI in a premier league game, at least if Campbell were still healthy.

  • 8 chris_g // Nov 23, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Ed, I was quite surprised to see that you managed to write the whole of this article without once using the word “decimated”. I trust this has just been a temporary oversight, and that normal service will be resumed shortly

  • 9 Alan_Pard_Who // Nov 23, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    I really do not think that fans are turning on the team bit I do believe that fans are turning on Pardew.

    Yes the players are poor at the moment but with the right tactics we wouldn’t have them playing so poorly. This is purely down to Pardew.

    We could not have anticipated injuries but we could have foreseen that having the formation, using the tactics and playing anti football would get us into trouble.

  • 10 Griff-toon // Nov 23, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Alan Pard Who

    Its not entierly down to Pardew, get real please.

    A lot of teams have bad patches even though their manager sticks with the same tactics.

    You thing Moyes changes his tactics all the time even when Everton have had bad starts to the season?

  • 11 BelfastMagpie // Nov 23, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    If it all goes pear shaped these next few games,we could end up in a dog fight by christmas.

    Hope im wrong lol

  • 12 Griff-toon // Nov 23, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Santon

    Well its the same team basically that we had last season so that means we are cappable of playiing at similar level.

    I dont believe Pardew has changed the system mutch so therefore the players are not delivering what he whants.

    Ofc he does try and make excuses in interviews but he also says we did not play as good as he would have liket and that we have troubble keeping possesion.

    But he needs to protect the players and he needs to focus on the positives to turn it around.

    It our jobbs ass supporters to lift the players, not drag them down.

  • 13 89Norcal // Nov 23, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Alan Pard Who,

    you are obviously one of those people who believes managers are 100% at fault for their clubs’ failures. But if you watch the games more closely, you will see our players making a mess out of the simplest of passing plays, not to mention a few fatal defensive errors despite our normally stout defense.

    I hate the 442 Pardew is using, but the formation is not the only thing wrong with us, not by a longshot.

  • 14 Alan_Pard_Who // Nov 23, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Griff

    The difference is Everton play good football and the fans, players and management are confident they can do so even in a bad patch.

    We do not play good football, not even average football. It’s bad, very bad.

    I’m not saying that the current situation is completley down to Pardew but I am saying regardless of a fit team, an injured team, investment or nothing, Pardew is tactically very poor and his brand of football is the worst I’ve seen since…

  • 15 WesJameson // Nov 23, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    We are looking worse than we did under Wor Shearer, and fat Kinnear, much worse infact, Cisse, looks like he has two left feet, we literally haveone footballer in our team…Ben Arfa, and maybe Cabaye, every fourth or Fifth game

    Why in Gods name did we sack Hughton, and bring in Pardwho?

    Anyone watch, Norwich against Manure? Lovely Football Norwich play

    We are playing more hoofball, than fat Sam, has ever played, with any of his teams

    Sick of watching NUFC play, seriously, its pathetic

  • 16 catchy in norway // Nov 23, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    ok

    can we agree to sack him after this 5 games goes pete tong
    :)
    :D
    pretty please

  • 17 woolerbill // Nov 23, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    I seem to remember the last time we were in trouble and went down, some big players though it was a good time to be injured.

  • 18 Pushy Pardew // Nov 23, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Tequila
    Good to see not everyone is panicking on here. We might have been the best fans in football when you were
    a young man but reading so much drivel on here shows were no longer. it’s a time for level heads and determination. Amidst all the irrational posts i’ve just speed read i loved one of yours. It was in response to an unkind ret- – - comment levelled at Kets. Your euphemism was spot on . YOU DESCRIBED it as His
    own “unique perspective.” Unfortunately wasted on many but one mans meat is another man’s poison. We shall overcome.

  • 19 oldbobaycliffe // Nov 23, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    i wonder if pardew is starting to sweat he cant find the right tactics the team dont appear to be motivated can ashley take another relegation.the size of the crowd last night wont help pardew either




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