Newcastle’s away record is really poor this season, and in our 16 league games on the road we have a total of just 8 points and one win, and we’ve lost a massive 10 away games.
Cheick Tiote – should be back on Thursday
So because we cannot seem to do anything away from home for whatever reason, our next two league games at home become very important, with Newcastle now only 3 points above the drop zone, after losing three of our last four league games, and our goal difference is 5 goals worse during that time.
But Alan Pardew has talked to the local papers today and said he will not re-evaluate the Europa League games because of our poor league results of late.
This is what the Newcastle manager said in the Newcastle Journal today:
“No, I don’t think it was ever going to change,” “Did I expect to win at Manchester City? I hoped we would, but I didn’t expect to. We can’t determine other results.”
“We always knew it would be the remaining games in the Premier League which would be the important ones and that isn’t going to change.”
“The Benfica game has lifted the spirit in the club after the victory we had in the last round and we’ll take that into Thursday.” “I couldn’t go full tilt on Saturday because I had too many players missing.”
“We had square pegs in round holes.” “Next Sunday we will have more players available to put round pegs in round holes and be able to produce a more balanced performance.
“Santon, Tiote, in particular will be important to come back for us on Thursday and Sunday.”
The pressure is on Alan Pardew to stop the rot quickly, and extra pressure will have been put on him after Martin O’Neill was fired on Saturday night, after losing 1-0 at home to Manchester United.
The next two home games are massive, and we have to play so much better than we did at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday – that first half was one of our worst displays of the season, and it comes at a very bad time as far as the confidence of the side is concerned.
We hope for a better performance in Lisbon, although the Fulham game is a lot more important in our eyes.
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