With Newcastle’s 2-1 defeat to Wigan on Sunday, our safety in the Premier League has still not been secured, and it’s not the best of results to go into the two week International break with, and of course we also had Mathieu Debuchy and Massadio Haidara injured on Sunday.
Alan Pardew - wants players to rest
So the upbeat mood going into the game had disappeared when the final whistle blew, and Wigan had only their third win at home all season and gained 3 points on Newcastle, and they are now only 6 points behind the Magpies with a game in hand.
Our next game could be a tough one at Manchester City a week on Saturday, and after that we start the two legged tie at Benfica on the following Thursday, followed by a home game on the following Sunday against Fulham.
The second leg against Benfica is the following Thursday, and our home game with Sunderland was finally put back yesterday to the following Sunday.
So at the moment it seems to be the calm before the storm and once Saturday, 30th March comes along we have to play 5 games in 15 days.
So at least we have two home games following the two ties against Benfica, but we must also concentrate on the Premier League, and we need two wins in our next two home games, otherwise we could be in some trouble. Two wins will give us 39 points from 33 games and we should be OK.
Alan Pardew has today said his squad will be resting:
“We’ll be resting.” . “We’ll rest the players.” “Outside of two or three days work, we need some rest. We were full tilt after Thursday, and you could see we were a bit tired towards the end.” “We had two subs missing because of the injuries. That didn’t help, either.”
Certainly that last minute goal by Wigan changed everything, and if we had managed to hold on to a 1-1 draw, we would have been sitting fairly pretty in the league and 9 points above 3rd bottom Wigan.
But it didn’t happen that way, and we still have a fight on our hands in both the Premier League and the Europa League.
It’s a good job our lads have the fight and passion that will be needed in those upcoming crucial games.
Howay The Lads!!
You can also reach Ed at firstname.lastname@example.org