After 13 games played in the 2009-2010 season, which saw us finally be relegated, we had 13 points from our first 13 games, and even though pundits said we were too good to go down in that season, we were relegated from the Premier League for the first time in our history.
Yohan Cabaye – when will this man return to action?
And our latest slump has seen Newcastle on only 14 points from the 13 league games we have played so far this season, and that’s just one point better off than we were four years ago, when the club went through so much turmoil.
Newcastle is much more stable these days, thank goodness, and much better prepared for the challenge we now face to pull ourselves up the league table.
This is what Alan said today, in a number of interviews he has given, after Newcastle have gained a single point from their last four league games in a terrible slump:
“If we get to January and we’re in a vulnerable position, where we are now or lower, then we’re going to need to have a little bit more thought about how we’re going to go forward.
“We’re talking about West Ham putting a big puncture in our season. If we’d have won that game, we’d have been in the top six.
“Then we had massive blows before Swansea with Papiss Cisse being withdrawn and Yohan Cabaye’s injury. I’m not going to get too down about it at the minute.
“I still believe in this side. I still believe it’s a very good side when I put it out there. But the guys who are in and around the squad need to step up now and prove they’re good enough.”
Next up is Stoke City on Wednesday, and there’s no doubt that our next win, which we hope will come as soon as possible, will take immense pressure off the side and the players, and that will help the lads regain their confidence.
One final thought – we wonder how long it will be before Yohan Cabaye can return from his groin operation?
The sooner the better, so we can get more class into the Newcastle line-up, and we already know Ben Arfa will be back within a couple of weeks from his slight hamstring strain.
Howay the Lads!!
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