Alan Pardew has been upbeat these last couple of days, as he tries to lift the spirits of the Newcastle players before night’s important and tough game with Everton at St. James’ Park, and Newcastle are now just two points above the drop zone in 15th place after yesterday’s games. 🙁
Alan Pardew – we are going to be alright
Newcastle are coming off a game in which we conceded four goals at the Emirates in the last 17 minutes of the game against Arsenal, after being tied at 3-3, and if we are to get anything out of this game at all tonight, our defense will need to tighten up big time, and be strong at the end of the game.
This is what the Newcastle manager had to say:
“I was hurt, as you would imagine, after Arsenal. That last 20 minutes really hurt.” “I am putting on young subs and I question myself whether I should be putting them on.” “But at the end of the day, we really do need our best players back on the pitch and seeing those faces out on the training ground made everyone cheer up a little bit.”
“Everton had a great 2012 – I saw a stat the other day where they were the third best team in the Premier League.” “When we played them at the back-end of last year when we were on a roll, they beat us, so we know how strong they are, we wouldn’t under-estimate them in any circumstance.”
“But I do feel that fatigue played a massive part in that Arsenal result. In the two games, the Manchester United game and for 70 minutes against Arsenal, we played as well as we have.” “We just have to continue that and tighten ourselves up a little bit and we will be okay.”
Just 20 points from 20 games and a goal difference of -11 is hardly what we would have expected from Newcastle this season, and we’ve lost eight of the last ten league games and of course our squad has been decimated by injuries.
But we keep saying that, and we keep going into games and managing to come of them with losses, after putting ourselves in a good position to win a number of the games, so at some point Newcastle need to start turning the season around and putting a string of good wins together.
Tonight would be a great time to start .
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