It was really a shocker yesterday for us to lose to Reading at home, after winning all seven of our previous games against them at St. James’ Park – but it was almost a perfect storm – everything that could go against us went against us, and some were self-inflicted, and to be fair to the lads, in that first half we looked a good side with Yohan Cabaye nothing short of superb.
Yohan Cabaye – this lad is simply simply world class – fact!
And if we can keep Yohan fit – the good news is that groin of his seems okay – and maybe get Ben Arfa back – these two lads can help us escape from yet another relegation struggle, although we may still find it difficult to keep them in the summer.
But there are some good points coming out of the game yesterday – in retrospect - even after being completely shocked by yesterday’s result.
Here are a few of them:
- Yohan Cabaye looked a world class player yesterday – and was easily the best man on the park followed by goalkeeper Adam Federici, who saved Reading in that first half – if we can keep Yohan fit he will be a huge player for us in the final 15 games of the season
- Sylvain Marveaux is looking like the player we thought we had signed eighteen months ago, and this lad has now been one of our best players over the last coupe of months – and he deserves enormous credit for his creative play in a black and white shirt of late – one of the few players available who has creative talents
- Papiss Cisse looked sharp in the first half, and could even have had a hat-trick, as he did everything with on three different occasions, only for that Federici guy to make some great game-saving stops
- Mathieu Debuchy looked a class act at right back, and he will quickly become a top right back in the Premier League and along with Davide Santon we had two excellent full backs on display
But it’s also true that Alan Pardew probably cost us the win yesterday, but now’s not the time to gang up on the manager.
Now’s the time when the support of our fans is more important than ever – however difficult things are right now, and to be honest – yesterday’s result was really hard to bear.
And it’s time for Mike Ashley to step up to the plate too, big time, and he has to do the following in the next 11 days to give Newcastle a fighting chance of survival
- Keep Coloccini at the club – just tell him tomorrow that’s not way he can leave before the summer – period – sorry – but that’s the way it is
- Sign Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa of Montpelier and Nancy left back Massadio Haidara as soon as possible so they have at least a week to train with the Newcastle side before our next game a week on Wednesday at Villa Park
- Bring in a top striker – even Danny Graham would be a good signing right now – but we must bring in in another goalscorer to soften the blow of losing Demba Ba and one goal from a midfield in the three games since Ba left for Chelsea pinpoints a huge weakness in the Newcastle side
- Bring in another central midfielder since that’s been a weakness since Cabaye has been out – somebody like Moussa Sissoko would be a decent buy
We know it’s in vogue to put up votes about should we keep Alan Pardew as manager, (as if we didn’t know what the result will look like after such a dreadful and painful defeat), and yes he needs to start getting results – that’s very true – because we cannot keep losing games.
But it’s the stability at the club right now, which is one of the big differences from four years ago – and one of the few positives.
Things are hardly in a good state results wise, but we can still avoid the drop and quite honestly right now we’ll be very pleased (make that ecstatic), if we can finish 4th bottom of the league in May.
It’s a hell of a lot better than finishing 3rd bottom – and then we can really strengthen the squad in the summer – even if we lose some of our best players in the process.
Things are bad – but we still have hope – so lets at least try to keep the faith – however difficult that looks right now – for the sake of the club.
And whoever said it was easy supporting Newcastle United?
Certainly not me.
Howay The Lads!!
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