We’ve had some bad luck this season – there’s no doubt about that – but we have also had enough good luck.
Papiss Cisse – can he get the goals to save us?
Some of the good luck are the three last minute goals scored by Papiss Cisse against West Brom, Stoke and Fulham, all at home, which turned a potential draw into wins, and got us another 6 points.
So generally over a season things tend to level themselves out – kind of.
Papiss Cisse almost scored after 25 minutes on Saturday, before Winston Reid just about cleared the ball off the line, but it looked over, and should have been a goal.
This is what Alan Pardew said after the 0-0 against West Ham:
“Unfortunately, I’ve had a season where most incidents have gone against me,” “We had a perfectly good goal against Sunderland at 1-0 chalked off.”
“Now we’ve got to try to keep our minds together that we can ride all of that and get through the season.” “The players will watch the highlights and think about it and it is a bit of a mental blow.”
“You’ve got a perfectly good goal. And goals change games, they do.” “I’m still smarting from the Sunderland goal that we got to make it one-all.”
“People think that games don’t change with goals, they do, massively. It would have been massive for us to get a goal at West Ham.”
It’s time to forget about what has happened up to this stage of the season – we cannot change it – and it’s now all down to the last two games – at QPR and against Arsenal at home.
That’s all that matters now – and if we use bad luck as an excuse if we get relegated – that will completely miss the point – the point being that Newcastle have massively under-performed in the Premier League this season.
It’s not bad luck that we have gone from 5th place to near the bottom in just one season – and with the same players essentially.
The good news is we still have two games to turn things around – that’s all that matters – and that’s where the efforts and energy should be aimed at this week.
It’s all about reasons or results, and we’re hoping we can get the results in the last two games – and stay up.
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