Newcastle are building up some good momentum since we rescued our season last month, and brought in five top French players, but after such an awful spell in the Premier League when in 13 league games we lost 10, and drew one and won the other two – we need to win as many games as possible if we are going to save our season.
Alan Pardew – at his press conference yesterday
Alan Pardew as usual was rather upbeat, but also down to earth in his press conference yesterday for the game at Swansea tomorrow, and the truth is we really have to win games like this – if Newcastle are going to finish in a decent position in the league table come the end of May.
This is what Alan said in about the game at Swansea:
“Tomorrow is a big game for us because we’re more competitive than where we were.” “We’re a much stronger team.” “We would probably need to beat Swansea to catch them in the league so it’s a good game for us.”
“Probably if they don’t lose to us it’d be difficult to catch them in ninth, but what we should be thinking about is winning there, and trying to get them in our sights. It’s easier said than done, of course.”
“We had a massive win at Swansea last year with Papiss’ wonder goal and with the one he got last week it bodes well for us.” “We just have to focus on our performance and we are well prepared.”
“No worries about Robbie Elliot and he proved last week he is a very good goalkeeper.” “Colo is doubtful although there is a chance he could play, but I have options now in that position which I didn’t have before I brought Yanga-Mbiwa to the club.”
A draw would be a decent result tomorrow, but given our terrible form over three months, we should be going all out for the win, and we’re sure we’ll see that from Newcastle tomorrow.
And we hope that both Rob Elliot and Mapou Yang-Mbiwa, who is likely to deputize for the injured Coloccini, have good games, because it’s going to take that if we are to get all three points and continue to move up the league table.
And as we mentioned yesterday, a win will put us only 4 points behind the Swans on 33 points, and there will still be 10 games to play.
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