It’s always dangerous when you label a game as a must-win match, and we remember we did that a lot in the relegation season a few years back, and we didn’t win many of those games. But Alan Pardew is probably right to say Saturday’s home game against QPR is a must win game because if we draw, it’s just one point but hardly enough to take us away from the bottom three, and a defeat would be terrible – in fact it’s simply unimaginable.
Tim Krul – hoping for a good run of form
And to be clear – one definition of unimaginable is “difficult or impossible to believe; inconceivable.”
And if we are beaten on Saturday - don’t expect a match report anytime soon after the game - watching us play badly is bad enough – but then having to write about is soul destroying – well at least for me it is.
23 year-old Tim Krul has been at the club since the summer of 2005, and he’s been through it all with Newcastle, and certainly he doesn’t seem too worried about the situation at the moment (that’s good):
“We are still in there right now. The season does not end in December.” “I have looked closely at the league table and there are a lot of teams just five or six points away from us.”
“We just need that little run to get ourselves back up there, it is only two wins we are talking about.” “QPR is a must-win for us, this one is massive.” “Our aim at the start of the season was to get through the group stages of the Europa League and make sure we book our place in the last 32.”
“We did that and we also have the FA Cup coming up as well, so there is an awful lot to play for this season.” “This is a really important time of the year, what with the amount of games in a short period.” “We have to make sure we do not have a dip like we did last year.
“Get a little run through this period and things could look very bright going in to the New Year.”
That’s certainly true if we can get a good run going at some point soon, and of course every game will be important and we hope we can start to pick up points and climb steadily away from the relegation zone.
But we have almost the same players as last season playing, and we have just over half the points after 17 games – 14 versus 27 at this same stage last season.
And reports about Newcastle missing Yohan Cabaye are a little over-played – if this lad is as important to Newcastle as some reports suggest – we should double his wages when he comes back.
It’s up to other players to come through and start playing near the form they were in last season, and it’s a bit of a cop-out to say we are doing so badly because we have one player missing – however good Yohan is.
Of course we also have Steven Taylor out – and Ben Arfa too at the moment, and we think if Steven was back in the side, some of those sloppy goals conceded would become history.
We are hoping for a win on Saturday and if we can get one things will brighten up for a little while on Tyneside – but then we are at Old Trafford and the Emirates in the following seven days.
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