I’m not the only one who cannot believe Newcastle’s massive change of fortune from last season to this – and although we haven’t used the R word yet – Alan Pardew has today admitted that we are in a relegation scrap – but he hopes the lads can get us out of it before the hole we are digging gets to be too deep.
Jonathan Walters – after scoring 81st minute equalizer last night
In a season when we were looking ahead to the Europa League, that competition seems to have played a big role in our demise, as we have nine players out injured -and among those nine Ryan Taylor and Haris Vuckic both out for the season, and Yohan Cabaye, Steven Taylor and Dan Gosling out until February.
And with our squad too small, and everybody knew that, that’s started in a rather dramatic way to tell on our Premier League results.
Alan Pardew was asked after the game if we are in a relegation scrap, after our 4th league defeat in a row, and this is what he said:
“Well, we are now, and no it’s not too early.” “We can’t bury our head in the sand, and we have to get wins to get out of it.”
“I’m so buoyed by the performance, and with the things we have changed, and the things we’ve done, have definitely helped the team.”
“The team have responded to them. Hopefully, we can take that forward.”
We liked the way we have a new attacking threat – the long throw-ins by Davide Santon - who was again outstanding for Newcastle last night – and this lad is quickly becoming a great player for our club.
And we thought Coloccini made a huge difference last night in calming down the side, because of his immense experience and talent.
But we lost again last night, that’s the bottom line, but if we continue to play like we did last night, and spend more time on the training pitch perfecting some of our set plays – we could get out of the relegation scrap sooner rather than later.
That’s obviosuly waht we are hoping for.
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