On paper Newcastle seem to have a strong squad this season, but we have rarely played well, with our best performance coming in the game at Villa Park, when we looked good for the full 90 minutes and came away with a very good 2-1 win.
Alan Pardew – we’re not bad – but we’re not great
But usually this season, at least so far, we have been inconsistent, and there was no better demonstration of that than at Everton last Monday, when we were hopeless in the first half and very good in the second half.
Hopeless and then very good all in one game.
Whether we can continue where we left off at Everton at Cardiff City this afternoon is a good question, but going into the two week International break with a third successive league defeat would not be good, and that’s putting it mildly.
It’s hard enough during the International breaks with no league games and not much news about Newcastle, but to have to endure it after three successive defeats would not be easy – it would in fact be extremely painful.
Here’s how Alan Pardew summed up where Newcastle are at the moment:
“In general, if you cut through where we’re at, we’ve got seven points, which is probably mid-table.” “Our goal difference isn’t good and we’ve shown some inconsistency in games.”
“We’re not a bad team, but we’re not a great team. We need to find out what we are and I think we will settle down and Cardiff is an important game.” “We don’t want to see what happened in the first-half ever again.”
“I think we can reflect well on that second half and draw strength from that as we go along.” “In some ways, you can use it as a beacon of what to do, and the first half as a beacon of what not to do.”
“Because the contrast was forward passing, forward movement and a bit of energy in terms of trying to win the game, even though we were 3-0 down.”
“If we’d have started like that, maybe the score would have been different.”
Monday night was an amazing transformation in that second half, that was the good news on a bad night, and Newcastle players looked 100% sharper than they were in that first half.
And it showed in not only a very good performance, but excellent commitment from the lads and two good goals, after a disastrous first 45 minutes.
If we can play like we did in the second half at Goodison Park for 90 minutes today at the Cardiff City Stadium, then we’ll win the game.
It’s really as simple as that.
But the big question is – can we do that?
What do you think?
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