We’re sure there’s going to be some soul-searching going on at Newcastle this week, following our horrendous 3-0 defeat at home by Sunderland – which came completely out of the blue, and for the third time this year we were beaten by a team below us in the league table..
Alan Pardew – will take some heat this week
And Alan Pardew had said before the game that he didn’t need to inspire his players for this game because it was so huge – but it seems like he needed to after all – with the Sunderland players and manager showing all the passion yesterday.
If our new players didn’t know how big the Sunderland game is – they know now – and it they didn’t know that it’s unacceptable not to put 100^% effort in every time you wear the famous back and white stripes of Newcastle – they will know now.
Alan Pardew has his critics at Newcastle, and you just have to look at the comments and there’s a group of fans who don’t think he’s fitted to be the long-term Newcastle manager.
We don’t agree with that – but that didn’t stop us from being so shocked and dismayed at the result yesterday and annoyed about Alan talking about his tired players – give me a break.
And we know for a fact that Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias take the Sunderland rivalry very seriously – and both of them will have been less than happy yesterday – in fact they were probably furious.
So Alan and the players will feel some heat this week, and rightly so.
But trying to be positive for a moment – we hope that in our last five games of the season Newcastle will go all out and give 100% in every game and try to get the 6 points or so it will take to stay in the Premier League – and we’re still not safe – and heaven forbid if Wigan start winning their games in hand.
If the players can do that – at least something positive will have come our of yesterday’s disaster – and hopefully it will be a long time before Newcastle are beaten 3-0 again.
And that will be the last 3-0 defeat I will see from Sunderland in my lifetime.
It was just so hard to take yesterday.
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