If we include the 1-1 draw at Liverpool on November 4th, Newcastle have won two and drawn two of their last 13 league games – and that’s 8 points from a possible 39 points played for, so while we are happy to get an away point and a clean sheet today, Newcastle still have a lot of work to do if we are to pull away from the lower reached of the Premier League.
Papiss Cisse – in action this afternoon
Newcastle had conceded 15 goals in our previous four matches in all competitions, since keeping a clean sheet at home to QPR, so Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is taking some positives from the 0-0 draw at Carrow Road today – and it’s a better result than our 4-2 defeat there last season.
This is what a relieved Alan Pardew said after today’s game:
“It was a more favorable result for us than for Norwich as they were the home side. It was two teams that worked hard and restricted the opposition.” “For us it was important to get a clean sheet.”
“I had the luxury of putting some senior players on the pitch and the result showed that.” “That was a key game. We have Reading at home and Aston Villa away coming up so it is an important time for us.”
And Newcastle are rock bottom of the Premier League form standings, which takes the last six league games played, and we’ve picked up just one win and one draw (4 points) from a possible 18.
But Newcastle cannot be too happy at today’s result, and now we need two successive wins - at home to Reading and away at Aston Villa, against two sides who are even worse off than we are – and two wins will help us put some points between Newcastle and two of the teams below us in the league table.
And two successive wins will help to lift the mood on Tyneside.
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