After the defeat at Manchester City in the first game of the season, when Yohan Cabaye refused to play for us, the doom and gloom has been replaced over the last few weeks with excitement that Newcastle could even have a good side this season, so it’s gone from one extreme to the other, but this is Newcastle, so what do you expect?
Paul Lambert and Alan Pardew before Saturday’s game
Alan Pardew does a good job at keeping the players feet firmly in the ground, and he wants to do that with the media as well:
“Let’s hope that the media, particularly in Newcastle, don’t overreact to the win against Villa, like they did to the Man City defeat and we will be all right,” “If we can keep things on kind of a level playing field we might do all right this year.”
What does Alan mean about overreacting – we suppose he’s not talking about the fans – but Geordie fans are ecstatic when we win, and are down in the dumps when we lose, and it’s always been that way.
As far as the media are concerned that may be a different kettle of fish, and certainly when we were down last season, there was a report the team spirit in the dressing room had been decimated by the Frenchmen in the squad, which turned out to be totally untrue.
So when you have friends like that, who needs enemies?
Yes we can get down on the team on this blog – but only when we lose.
But seriously, Alan is right of course, and there will be ups and downs this season, as there always is.
So it’s always good not to be too up when we win, and not too down when we lose – that’s the theory in any case.
But the reason Newcastle fans are in good spirits these days is after that 4-0 hammering at Manchester City, when we looked a very poor side, we’ve actually looked good in picking up 7 points in the last three league games, and also winning at Morecambe in the Capital One Cup, which was not an easy game.
That’s been a bit of a surprise, so after the summer months, which were really difficult for Newcastle fans, to say the least, we have something to feel good about, and much earlier than we thought possible.
Are we overreacting to all of this – of course we are.
What do you think?
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