It’s been a very frustrating season for Newcastle fans so far, and it’s almost the polar opposite of what happened last season, when at this time Newcastle were flying high in the league in the top six, and we finally finished 5th top, and one place above the European Champions Chelsea.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew – criticism is part of my job
This season has been terrible since November rolled around, and we’ve just had a terrible run of results and we have already lost 11 games in 21 Premier League games played, and to think we lost only eleven games in all of last season in the league.
And it seems one of the big mistakes made was that Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias didn’t strengthen the squad sufficiently in the summer, even though we had a lot more games to play in the Europa League.
The result has been many of our players have been out injured, and those who have been able to play haven’t been anything near as good as they were last season.
Alan Pardew is willing to take responsibility for Newcastle’s poor showing this season:
“I’m not immune from it.” “I take responsibility for the team – I’ve got no problem in doing that.” “If I take the brunt of the criticism, that’s not a problem for me. It’s part of my job.” “It was going well last year, and it’s not going so well this year. I’m not going to shirk from that.”
“I don’t pay too much attention to it. My focus is on winning games.” “I need to get my best players out there, and that’s where I’m at. If they’re not to be ready for Norwich, then we have to make sure they’re on the pitch for Reading on January 19th. Then we go to the next game.”
“I don’t think there’s a problem with the playing style, and I don’t think there’s a problem with the attitude.” “We just need our best players back.”
Next up for Newcastle is Norwich City, and Chris Hughton’s side will be tough – but we will have Mathieu Debuchy, Fab Coloccini, Jonas Gutierrez and Papiss Cisse all back, and they will help strengthen the side.
We need to start playing a lot better than we’ve played of late, and if we can do that we should be able to start picking up some points in the league, and move away from the relegation zone.
But another defeat on Saturday would be the fifth defeat in a row in all competitions, and very hard to take.
Make that very very hard to take.
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