It’ not surprising that Alan Pardew has admitted this morning that this is his toughest time at St. James’ Park since he joined Newcastle in early December almost two years, after the shock and undeserved sacking of Chris Hughton – and there are fans already shouting for Alan Pardew to be fired.
Fab Coloccini – back on Wednesday at Stoke City
But Alan Pardew hasn’t suddenly become a bad manager, and we’ve tried it before – sacking a manager when the results are not good – and it simply doesn’t work.
But after losing our last three league games, our players will have to play a lot better than they did yesterday, if we are going to get anything out of the game at the Britannia Stadium in a couple of days time.
Alan admitted this was his toughest period at Newcastle – in the local press this morning:
“For sure – there’s no doubt about that. We’re really having to fight. When we conceded the goal, we showed a little bit of spirit but it was too little, too late.”
“We could have had an equalizer at a crucial time with Vurnon Anita.” “Their goalie made a great save from Davide Santon.” ““We’ve got players, let’s be honest, that aren’t playing as well as we know they can.”
“We’re struggling for a bit of confidence.” “We’re missing some key players, but one of them will be back on Wednesday night thank goodness.” “It looks like Steven’s going to miss out, so it’s one thing after another.”
The good news is that we will have captain Fabricio Coloccini back on Wednesday night, and if we ever needed a captain’s performance form the Argentine it’s right now.
Colo can help steady the ship on Wednesday at Stoke, where we won 3-1 last season, for the first time in a long time, and Demba Ba hit a great hat-trick.
We need something like that again at the Britannia Stadium if we are not to slip further down the league table with a fourth league defeat on the trot – which would be extremely hard to take for Newcastle fans.
We need our lads to start playing a lot better and fighting all the way on Wednesday night, and if we can do that we can start turning this thing around.
That’s what we want to see.
Howay The Lads!!
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