Fulham got their first win since last October against a Newcastle side last night in London, and the Magpies at the moment seem able to do nothing right, and although we came back well in the second half last night, we could have been two or three goals down in those first 30 minutes, when we were overwhelmed by a side who had not won in their last seven games.
Alan Pardew – a big job on his hands at Newcastle
How we would have fared against a top team in good form last night – we dare not even imagine.
The five defeats we have had in the last seven a league games have come against middle of the table sides, who are unlikely to finish in the top six, so how we’ll do against a good side, like Manchester City on Saturday afternoon – we have no idea – but it’s a daunting task.
Let’s face the fact we are in trouble right now, and unless we can get a string of wins together soon, the future looks a bit dismal, as we have to face both Manchester United and Arsenal away before the end of the year.
And it’s unlikely to be a Merry Christmas for Newcastle as we travel to Manchester United on Boxing Day and then travel to Arsenal just three days later, and pure logic would say we’ll be lucky to get anything out of those two games – although you never know.
And there are good reasons why we are in this predicament, with the main reason being that we penny pinched too much in the summer, and brought in only one player in the transfer window, Vurnon Anita.
And yes we’ve had a lot of injuries and we have Ryan Taylor, Haris Vuckic, Dan Gosling, Yohan Cabaye, Steven Taylor and Gabby Obertan still out – but that’s why teams need a big squad when your are in Europe – because injuries become more likely with the extra games.
And the third reason is that some of our top players like Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse as just two examples, are playing nowhere near the form they showed last season.
Add those three reasons up and it spells big trouble for Newcastle this season.
There’s just no getting way from it – and we’ll not even mention that Demba Ba may leave the club in January via that release clause of his, and he’s scored 10 of the 16 league goals Newcastle have scored this season.
It doesn’t look good at the moment – and we’ll not sugar coat it – it’s the truth.
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