There’s something that must have happened between the evening of Thursday 11th April and Sunday 14th April, and we ‘d love to know what it was.
Moussa Sissoko – it’s been difficult for our five new French players
On that Thursday, Newcastle were eliminated from the Europa League and were applauded off the field for their brave efforts in going out to the Portuguese side – who have since reached the final and will contest the final against Chelsea.
And on the previous Sunday, a last gasp winner from Papiss Cisse against Fulham, meant we had picked up 3 precious points in the league, and Papiss went mad and ran into the crowd, and manager Alan Pardew was seen to hug Newcastle fans – and we’ll not even mention the Newcastle fans going crazy.
But all has gone so wrong since then, with just one point and one goal in our last four league games since the Benfica game.
Not only that, but we have conceded 10 goals and scored only one, so our goal difference has plummeted by nine goals, and is now no better than that of Aston Villa and Wigan – and that had always been somthing we had over the lower teams in the league – but no more.
It’s almost like we are doing everything needed to be relegated – which would be simply a cataclysmic disaster for Newcastle United Football club.
And to add insult to injury we had our biggest defeat against Sunderland since 1979 – and our biggest defeat at home since 1925 as part of those four games.
And while there were some excuses about us having some of our best players out injured this season – we had five French players – including three French Internationals – brought in during the January transfer window to help prevent relegation and steady the Newcastle ship.
But with just two games to go, we are now in more relegation trouble than we’ve been in all season (that’s bad timing to say the least), and if Wigan beat Swansea City on Tuesday night – even the perennial relegation fighters will go above us in the league table.
And there’s not much time to save ourselves – with just two games to go.
It must be hard on the five Frenchmen coming in – we freely admit that – and they are trying their best to acclimatize to life in England and playing in the Premier League all at once – and even good experienced players like Kevin Nolan had trouble when he first joined Newcastle just over four years ago.
But the teams we have put out in the last four games have been very decent – and yet in two of those games we just collapsed – and the problem is not with the players’ ability or anything like that – they are good players – it’s got to be in their heads.
Some of our players have simply choked when the going got tough – and like four years when the going got tough – some of our players have given up.
We even hope some Newcastle players will read this and get annoyed about the premise they have choked, although there’s good evidence of that.
We’d have one thing to say to them – prove it’s not true in the next two games and save us from relegation.
That’s all that really matters now, and the Newcastle supporters are still completely 100% behind you.
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