Before we played at Liverpool on November 4th, Alan Pardew had said there were games coming up where we could get some points and move up the table, and indeed if we had beaten Liverpool we could have moved into 6th place in the league table, but we only drew that game 1-1, after being 1-0 up.
Newcastle concede poor second goal when we were well on top
But in our next six league games we have lost five of them and only won against a Wigan side who played with 10 men after 12 minutes, so the results have been alarming to say the least, and it’s not that we’ve played the top sides either, as those five defeats came against West Ham, Swansea, Southampton, Stoke City and Fulham.
We will soon start to meet some top teams in the next five games, when we play Manchester City and QPR at home, Manchester United and Arsenal away, and then Everton at home – and they are much better sides than the fives sides who have beaten us in the last six games.
The game after that is at Norwich, who have been surging in the league over the last six games, and where we were hammered last season 4-2 because we had no recognized central defenders and had to play Danny Simpson and James Perch there and we were very weak on crosses.
So our lads better wake up and they shouldn’t wait until the cavalry arrives in January, when new players may be signed, or early February when we hope to have Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor back.
That’s because by February 2nd we have 9 Premier League games to play – and if we are to survive in the league and get away from the relegation zone, we’ll have to do an awful lot better than the 8 points we’ve picked up in the last 9 Premier League games.
After such a great season last season and a 5th place finish, surely we are better than our 14th place suggests?
What do you think?
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