One thing the shocking 3-0 defeat against Sunderland does for Newcastle, is to put us right back in the relegation dogfight.
Alan Pardew on the sidelines today – players were not ready
And it’s not going to help that we have three games on the road in the last five games of the season – those games are at West Brom, West Ham and QPR – and we’ll have to show a lot more fight than we did against Sunderland, if we are to pick points up from those three games.
And Alan Pardew seemed to take the easy way out after the game, when he said the players were tired – that kind of excuse just doesn’t wash with Newcastle fans – especially against Sunderland.
And our two remaining home games are against Liverpool and Arsenal – those will no be easy – and our easiest game of the season was today against Sunderland – and we lost that one 3-0.
Newcastle’s defense just must be strengthened and we have now leaked 59 goals in 33 games, the third worst defensive record in the division behind only Aston Villa and Reading.
And we’ve done ourselves no favors at all by losing three times this year to teams beneath us in the league table, including Reading and Sunderland at home for heavens sake – and Wigan away.
And we have only 8 points on the road in our 16 away games, which is simply shocking, and our goal difference is now -17 and it was -19 when we were relegated four years ago and was +5 last season.
So it’s accurate to say the Premier League season has been abominable for Newcastle, and we are a massive 23 points worse of than at this time last year in the league.
Here are the remaining games:
April Sat 20 15:00 A West Brom Sat 27 17:30 H Liverpool May Sat 04 15:00 A West Ham Sun 12 15:00 A QPR Sun 19 16:00 H Arsenal
Today was a complete shock to the system, and we’ve lost Tim Krul for the season with a dislocated shoulder, and to be truthful we have no idea which Newcastle side will turn up at the Hawthorns next Saturday – but maybe Fab Coloccini will be back.
But Alan Pardew cannot use tiredness as an excuse in the final five games – the players should be told to sleep for the next two days
We are still not safe in the league – and that’s the only thing that matters now – we need at least 6 points to be sure of safety from our last five games.
That will not be easy.
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