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Newcastle Short Term Future Doesn’t Look Good

9:46 am, Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

We are still wondering how Newcastle got themselves into the mess we are in – but the failure to take any points from teams like West Ham, Swansea, Southampton, Stoke and Fulham will send any team hurtling down the league table.

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Alan Pardew - Manager of the Year to relegation?
We certainly hope not


And after that bad run against what surely were beatable teams, we had Manchester City last Saturday and we have QPR, Manchester United, Arsenal and Everton coming up – and with only 14 points from 17 games (5 points worse off than in our relegation season), we wonder what our points total will be after 21 games on January 2nd.

It’s not likely to be very high, and we thought the win at home to Wigan, which ended Newcastle’s bad spell of four successive league defeats, would be a cure-all – but we went on to shoot ourselves in the foot when at 1-1 it looked like Newcastle were going on to win the game at Craven Cottage.

But we let in another sloppy goal at the exact wrong time – and ended up once again with zero points.

A win is vital on Saturday, if only that it’s likely to be the only return we’ll get from our next three games.

After that a win at home to Everton on January 2nd has to be a possibility, but even if we do manage a win on Saturday, we shouldn’t get too carried away with our next two games in the following seven days being at Manchester United and Arsenal.

If our form in those two games is anything like it’s been over the last 11 games in which we have won only once – we’ll get absolutely nothing out of those away trips.

We’re still wondering what happened, and hoping and praying we can show some of last season’s  form and start picking up some points before it gets too late and we become completely enmeshed in another relegation fight.

It’s really up to our players to start showing the form they were in last season, and get Newcastle way from the danger zone as soon as possible.

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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Indian Magpie // Dec 19, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Hdavid

    I do watch NBA but not as much as you do. Though 1 lasting memory of NBA that i have is of Alan Iverson talking about Practice while at 76ers

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Dec 19, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Ed,
    You mention twice.that were still wondering what happened to us this season I thought it pretty obvious from this polls you posted that we all know why this has happened.

  • 3 WesJameson // Dec 19, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    F@ck!ng soap opera this place….most frustrating club to support in the world

    Proper relegation battle on our hands, one that i dont think we will survive, and we will NOT come back up straight away again, thats for sure

    If we dont sign a proper defender or two, this January…we’re as good as gone, forget Loic and the attacking players…our defense is a complete and utter joke, Williamson and Simpson are complete rubbish, and let me tell you, Collicini aint much better, everyone praises him, because he plays one or two short passes, but his heading tackling speed and strength, are all more than questionable, dont get me started on Jonas either FFS…every time i see his name on the team sheet, i feel like F@ck!ng screaming!!!

  • 4 Fostino // Dec 19, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    i have a concern that pardrew is going to persist with jonas even tho clearly he isnt doing enough in the final third. great that he has that defensive work rate but surely attack is the best form of defence. i can only see him playing at lb if he is to continue into the team. this switch could possibly solve another problem then as danny simpon too has looked ineffective at rb in the final third. he is a solid player but we need a b it extra now…we need a better outlet at rb and i think sandton would do a good job there while jonas goes lb. certainly debuchy would be great.

    this switch would also allow the in form marv play in his preferred left side of a midfield trio with tiote and anita. marv keeps the ball very well and is very creative. i feel with that mid trio and santon and jonas wing backs, we would keep the ball on the ground better.

    the cisse ba debate is a very interesting one. not impressed with ba reluctance to sign contract but the man is so clinical..his goal threat has really impressed me and on form he cant be dropped. maybe its only right that cisse is…where has his magnificant finishing touch gone?? i think dropping him for shola would only encourage long balls so perhaps he needs to be put in the st role while ba goes on the lift of the front trio again. we need cisse back firing again…particulalry if ba is trying to get out of toon which it now clarly appears to be the case. with hba injured, theres an oppertunity on the right slot of the fron t trio……obertan, sammy appear the best option….however what is worrying about the two of them is there inconsistancy and that neither along with the rest of our team can put a good ball into the box. with goalscorers like ba & cisse…a few balls in the box would go down a threat.

    p.s. colo is an immense player at the back and i think he needs to stay fit if we are to get out of this mess.

  • 5 Munster Mag // Dec 19, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Yes its looking like we are in deep dodo. The policy of Ashley, so ( incorrectly – time to own up lads ) defended by many all summer, has been shown to be worth litle except money in his own pocket. We will lose Ba. Clearly this man is full of his own sh1t and blaming the agents ( as so many fools do on here aswell ) doesnt cut it after a while. My concern is that Pards will still go 4-4-2 even if we get Remi . If we get relagated it will be shameful and should see the end of Pardew’s career , given the talent we can put on the pitch. Hopefully he will stick with 4-3-3 as he seems to be doing. But we need more players, and is Ashley going to fail YET ANOTHER acid test? And if we go down – forget about it and get used to Coventry and Barnsley. Ashley – sort it you tight fat sod.

  • 6 obatoyou // Dec 19, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Think we will come good after jan. should be fine

  • 7 HullMag6 // Dec 19, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Thought this was a NBA blog for a minute instead of the nufcblog.

    Pardew needs to grow a pair and try a formation without Ba as hes as good as gone, but if he doesnt want to go he needs to kick his advisers into touch.

  • 8 blew // Dec 19, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Fostino You mention Jonas’s defensive work, when did you last see him win a tackle? More to the point, when did you see him get anywhere near a player to put in a tackle? He doesnt, he is too slow. Fast as a stunned snail springs to mind.
    The league table is consistant with current form, relegation beckons, it speaks in volumes about the manager and coaches. Last year is history, this season is a reality.
    Being a gambler, which includes every match, I have 12/1 for the Toon to go down, Ive ignored the heart. I obviously want the players to prove me wrong, however, it will take an addition of 4 top players to come in next month, this lot wont do it.

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Dec 19, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Munster ,
    Unfortunately Mashley is in a win win situation,no matter how little he spends he gets that TV money and pretty much full houses week after week even after the dross we’ve been serving up there’ll be a full house on Saturday my self included,I think this January is Mashleys last chance to redeem himself even in the eyes of some of his most die hard apologists.The only thing we have got going for us this season is that a relagation would hurt him seriously in the pocket.

  • 10 hdavid23 // Dec 19, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    HullMag6, sorry mate, we’ll get back to Newcastle now. :D

  • 11 bigdan1980 // Dec 19, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    2 friends of mine were at a talk-in with Peter Beardsley the other week and when asked “do you think Ashley should have signed more players in the summer” his answer was “mike had made funds available to pardew and graham Carr had made a shortlist of more than 5 players who pardew could go for in the summer but pardew chose not to” this sounds to me like pardew has a bit of a “I want to sign my own players f@ck you!” Attitude. And I am inclined to believe this as its straight from the horses mouth so to speak.




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