Alan Pardew has admitted the obvious today, and the fact is that we are now in a terrible position in the league in 14th place with just 14 points from 13 league games, just 4 points above the drop zone.
Alan Pardew at the Benton training ground this week
In the last three league games we have not played well, and against teams we would normally be looking to win against – West Ham, Swansea and Southampton – we have three defeats in a row – and we are dropping like a brick in the league table.
If we had beaten West Ham we would have been in 6th position in the league, but now we are 7th bottom, and Alan Pardew is only too well aware of Newcastle’s precarious league position at the moment:
“To be honest, that’s the team that needs to go to Stoke – there’s nobody else available.” “We need to make sure we’re strong enough for Wednesday, and that’s why I was taking my time.”
“We’re going to have to recover.” “For Newcastle, that was a tough result.” “It’s put us in a terrible position in the league.”
After the disastrous defeat at Southampton, Alan Pardew spent a long time in the dressing room with his players, before emerging to face the press for the customary TV and press interviews.
We have to hope the same thing doesn’t happen tomorrow night, because a fourth straight defeat in the league would be very hard to take for Newcastle fans, and it would be calamitous for the Newcastle club.
And that’s an understatement.
And after all, the team we field tomorrow night will be only three players short of our very best team - and we’ll only be missing Yohan Cabaye, Ben Arfa and Steven Taylor.
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