It was the third defeat in a row in the league yesterday for a sluggish Newcastle side, when we went down 2-0 to second bottom placed Southampton, who kept a clean sheet for the first time in the league this season, after conceding 30 goals in their previous 12 games.
Alan Pardew – fans need to stay with us
But this Newcastle side are fining it hard to score goals, and it seems that the 4-4-2 formation with Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba up front doesn’t work very well, because the two strikers are too much alike, and they don’t complement each other at all.
Alan Pardew is well aware the Newcastle fans are becoming restless, with only one point from the last four league games against teams lower than us in the league table.
This is what he said after the game last night to nufcTV:
“It’s hard at the minute for us.” “The intensity of the home performance was causing us problems.” “We were trying to be positive and trying to put some confidence in the group but the first goal hurt us and we deserved to get beat today.”"
“We’ve got to hold our hands up and say we deserved it.” “I thought both goals were avoidable but you could look at any goal and say that,” “We had a great chance at 1-0 and we really need little lifts like that at the minute for this team.”
“I think our fans are going to need to stay with us now. We’re open to criticism but we need our fans to be with us because we’ve not got a lot of players to choose from.” “It’s not like we can make four or five changes.”
“This is our team and we’re going to have to try and fix them and get them ready for Wednesday.” “It’s going to be very much about riding this period out and staying together as a group – and with our fans as well.”
“Our fans traveled a long bloody way today to see that and they’ll be disappointed. We’ve got to give them a better showing on Wednesday.”
Newcastle had only Coloccini Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye missing from fielding our best side, but Newcastle also have a depleted squad with Ryan Taylor, Dan Gosling, Shola Ameobi, Gabriel Obertan, Haris Vuckic, Xisco and Adam Campbell also out injured, and Jonas Gutierrez and James Perch just returning to the squad after recovering from their injuries.
And from that list Adam Campbell and Xisco are hardly first team material right now.
Fabricio Coloccini will return to the side at Stoke on Wednesday night, after serving his three match ban, and he will probably partner Mike Williamson in central defense, because of Mike’s heading ability – but we need to get something out of the game at the Britannia Stadium, before things become even worse for Newcastle, with the team perilously placed in 14th place in the league table.
Thankfully Newcastle can start to put things right on Wednesday night.
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