The 2,000 traveling fans (bless their hearts) were served up with some trips on Saturday, but – probably because they knew the team was full of youngsters – they applauded the team off the field at the end of the game.
A tense looking Alan Pardew on Saturday
How many fans would have done that, after leaving Newcastle at 2:00 am in the morning for the long trip to Brighton – the answer is not many.
But there;s the strength of Newcastle united in our fans, and it’s just terrible to think we haven’t won anything since 1969, but that’s the truth, and we will not be winning anything this year either..
One way to look at Saturday’s loss is that at least we don’t have the diversion of the FA Cup, and we can concentrate on our Premier League games and hopefully survive, but that’s a negative way to view things.
This is what Alan told the local press today:
“It is obvious we need players in.” The message from myself is to keep the faith with the team we know we have.” “When we play the young players they stay with us. It is difficult, but they need to stay with us now.” “What they want to see are better players in a black and white jersey, there is no doubt about that.”
“All I can say to them is my staff and my medical staff in particular are working through every minute of the day to get them back.” “They have been brilliant.” “It is difficult for us. It is difficult for the staff and the players.”
“We know we are in a difficult situation. We are not going to hide from that.” “We need our best players back on the field and we need to recruit one or two more as well.” “I think that was evident at Brighton.
What Alan say there is so right – the fans must keep supporting the side, and Newcastle are still much more stable a club than we were four years ago.
It wasn’t made very easy for our players four years ago, when there were demonstrations against Mike Ashley before some games – and then we expected our lads to do well?
There’s none of that around these days, but that hasn’t stopped Newcastle fans from being stunned at the rapid decline of their side.
But we need to keep the faith and the club needs the support of the fans more than ever, as we try to help Pardew, the coaches and the players turn things around on Tyneside.
Howay The Lads!!
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