Passion cuts both ways, and the fans of Newcastle United. are some of the most passionate fans that exist anywhere in the world.
Alan Pardew – chance to show what he can do today
Newcastle are one of the best supported teams in the world too, and even in a season when we are really struggling in the league, the average attendance at St. James’ Park is still over 50,000, with the two last games of the season against Liverpool and Arsenal sell-outs – and we need the points to ensure our safety.
We all saw the passion displayed when Papiss Cisse got that dramatic winner against Fulham almost two weeks ago, and the fans were hugging manager Alan Pardew on the sidelines – everything was so great.
But how things can change quickly in football.
The following Thursday, Newcastle made a brave effort to get into the semi-finals of the Europa League against Benfica but failed, and the lads were applauded off the field for their efforts,
But then the unexpected and unbelievable happened, and Newcastle put in a weak performance against Sunderland last Sunday, and were beaten 3-0 – and all hell broke loose – almost literally.
Newcastle fans rioted in the city center – to make things even worse – and it seems manager and players hunkered down this week amid the fans’ backlash against the manager and players, for not showing the desire and passion demanded of any Newcastle side.
When things are going great, everything is wonderful, but when things are not going great – and a 3-0 defeat at home by Sunderland is a tragedy – then Newcastle’s passionate fans show their anger and dissatisfaction
The players have a chance at West Brom this afternoon, to start to put things right, and maybe only a win will be an acceptable result today – and that’s what we are hoping for – even though we only have one away win all season.
We don’t even want to think or talk about what would happen if we lose today.
We need a win, and we expect our lads to go out and get a result today, as if their lives depended on winning the game today.
We hope that will do it.
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