I cannot remember a time when Newcastle have gone through such a bad patch in the league, certainly not over the last twenty years, and we’ve lost nine of our last eleven games in the Premier League, and we’ve taken only 7 points from the last 12 league games.
Alan Pardew – under pressure
And over a 38 game season that would give us 22 points – and certain relegation – so the run has been horrendous and it’s hard to take for Newcastle fans – and it’s still going on after we missed another opportunity to end the terrible run last night.
We didn’t really think we’d do too well against Manchester United, Arsenal and Everton, after we scraped the 1-0 win at home against QPR, and although we played very well in patches in those games, we still managed to lose all three and leaked 13 goals in the process.
Pardew has this to say after the game last night:
“Let’s be honest, we have had an awful run, but I thought tonight we gave a really honest account and we can’t ask for more than that from the players we had on the pitch.” “But in the end, Everton had a bit more guile, a bit more experience and a bit more quality, and that’s what we need to bring back.
“We have played Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton, three really, really top teams without our best team, far from it, but we have to take heart from the performances we are giving.” “But that ain’t enough. We need some new bodies in, we need some bodies out of the treatment room and we need to get our best side back on the pitch because we won’t hide form the fact that we are right in it now and we have got to get out of it.”
We have to admit the result last night really shocked us, and we thought we’d get at least a point out of the game, but now we have to wait until a week on Saturday for our next game at Norwich City and Chris Hughton, to get a win, and we are getting perilously close to the bottom three.
Football is all about results and Alan Pardew will be under tremendous pressure to turn this thing around and it needs to be soon too – 9 losses in 11 games is not good in anybody’s book – whoever the manager is.
And we cannot even think about relegation - it’s just too painful after what happened a short four years ago.
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