In our last six games, after were eliminated from the Europa League by Benfica, we won one and drew two and they were all away from home, and in our three home games we lost the lot and conceded 10 goals without even scoring one.
Mike Ashley – must bring in at least three top players this summer
And it’s hardly surprising that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew feels his side has a debt they owe to Newcastle fans for this terrible season – he’s right there.
Newcastle lost exactly half our games this season – 19 – and that’s more than any other side apart from the three relegated sides, and our goals against record of 68 was the 4th worst in the league
Alan Pardew said it was an improved performance this afternoon, from the last home game, when we were embarrassed 6-0 by Liverpool:
“It was certainly a more composed performance from us, we showed that we have got class in the side and that it wasn’t going to be easy for Arsenal,”
“First half we had a great period, and we really needed to score in that period and didn’t quite find the goal, and when Arsenal had their best period of the game they scored, that’s the margins we talk about in the Premier League.”
“It’s obvious that the Europa League campaign, which we did brilliantly in, really hurt us in terms of energy, and it’s the depth in quality that we need to improve on. Next year we haven’t got that pressure and we can go week to week in this Premier League.”
“We’re not going to be foolish enough to think that we don’t have a couple of issues to sort out in the team, not major issues, but certainly one or two players to add to offer us a different look.
“We’re very, very lucky to have the support that we got and therefore we owe them a debt next year to make sure that we serve up a better standard of football and better quality of results.”
There have been too many excuses used this season – but that’s what you get when you don’t produce – you get all the reasons (also known as excuses), because you haven’t got the results.
Squad too small, too many injuries, too many games in Europe, no luck, we didn’t replace Demba Ba in January – etc etc.
We’ll see what kind of manager Alan Pardew is by his performance next season, and it has to be a lot better than this season – which has had far too many embarrassing results for the fans – and we’re not even going to list them – because we’ll just get even more depressed.
We look forward to a good summer transfer season and a good start to next season.
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