Newcastle have lost four of their last seven games in all competitions, and three of the last four in the Premier League – so we must start putting some wins together if we are to survive in the Premier League.
Alan Pardew – in Lisbon on Thursday
There are only seven games to go and two successive home wins against Fulham and Sunderland over the next nine days would be huge and would almost guarantee us safety in the league.
And make no mistake about it – after Mike Ashley brought in five good players in January, Alan Pardew is expected to use those resources to get us to safety in the Premier League.
This is what the Newcastle manager had to say in the Daily Mail:
“It is one of the biggest weeks in my period here. Momentum will be key for the whole of next week. It is important that we get ourselves in a real positive place.”
‘It is a big week in terms of the season, for sure, and we need to win. We will have to cope with the pressure. Can we? We are going to have to and I am confident that we have the ability in the squad to get ourselves into a position in the league where we will be a Premier League side next season.”
“That is the focus for Sunday and then we switch back to Thursday to try to climb what will be a difficult hill, not what I would call a mountain, but a decent hill, to try to get up it.”
“I think we have actually gained confidence from the way we played in Lisbon.” “When you go away from Benfica having been beaten 3-1, and you are really disappointed because you have gifted them two goals, you have got to take that into the next game.”
A win on Sunday will be a huge relief – and that wills et us up for giving it our best shot against Benfica on Thursday night to a sold out St. James’ Park.
And whatever happens on Thursday – and it’s unlikely we can save the tie there will be a sell out on Sunday when surely we have to beat Sunderland.
We are looking for two league wins at home against Fulham and Sunderland.
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