Seasons can be turned around by the smallest of factors, perhaps a bit of luck that gets us an unlikely goal, or one or two players giving inspiring performances in a black and white shirt, and it seems we need some of that to turn our season around, as it is quickly moving into a relegation fight, and that’s after we did so brilliantly last season in finishing in 5th place in the league table and qualifying for Europe for the first time in six seasons.
Alan Pardew – tough game today
But European competition and the lack of players arriving in the summer to bolster the squad have now cost Newcastle dearly, with a number of our top players out injured, and the squad is hardly big enough to play the additional number of games we have to play in Europe this season.
And Alan Pardew seems wary of Manchester City – who beat us twice last season in winning the English Championship for the first time since way back in 1968 – and we were a much better side last season than we have been so far this season.
This is what Alan said about the opposition today:
“City were the best away team we played last season.” “When they were at home last year they were pretty awesome and we didn’t really get a foothold in that game.”
“What I do know is they will be pretty much focused on this game and therefore it probably makes it a shade more difficult.” “However, when you’re champions of the Premier League it’s a difficult game full stop.”
“We took nothing off them last year but I don’t think they are as strong as they were last year coming into this game.” “We are having a tough run, we don’t disguise that, but the work ethic is there.”
“One big result, which could happen this weekend, could change a lot of the picture and we could find ourselves in a good position in the league.” “I am here to tell my team to win and we didn’t win against Fulham.”
“Thirty four crosses and seven shots on target away from home should get you close to a victory, but we made errors in that game and we have to stop it.” “Consistency, injuries and lack of form in some players and we’ve lacked momentum which carried us through last year.”
“When you’re winning games it carries you through and you don’t have to think about it.” “The workrate is there, that was there for all to see on Monday and in the last three games in particular it has been really high.” “So that’s a good base for us; there’s still a strong spirit in the group.”
The strong spirit in the group is what can help get us out of trouble and really, there’s no better time to show that spirit than today, and maybe get something out of the this game.
Howay The Lads!!
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