We always remember Graeme Souness, when he was manager at Newcastle for a short 16 months when he took over the from the great Sir Bobby Robson in September, 2004 saying that two successive defeats at Newcastle constituted a crisis.
Alan Pardew – must have the players ready for Cardiff City
So if Graeme was right about that, then three successive defeats, especially all in the league, will certainly be a crisis, and that is what could be possible if we lose at Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon.
It would not be good if that happens, because we have almost a full squad available, and very few injuries, so we can play our very best side these days, but the last two league performances have seen some woeful defending by Newcastle.
So there is no excuse right now that we have injuries to some of our best players, and the good news is that Yohan Cabaye is fit and should start on Saturday, and he looked in good form on Monday night in the second half and scored a terrific goal from all of 25 yards out.
So if we do lose in South Wales it will not be good, especially when we have two weeks of the International break before our next game which is – wait for it – Liverpool at home.
And in the same fixture last year of course – let’s just say we didn’t do very well and we put in our worst defensive display for many a season – and that big defeat was without Luis Suarez playing for the Reds – who should be available this time around.
So it would be so much better to win the game on Saturday, so here’s a note to whoever plays on Saturday.
Play your hearts out and give 100% for Newcastle, and if our lads can do that – we may be even be OK.
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