The game that’s clouding Newcastle’s game against Liverpool at St. James’ Park is the corresponding fixture last season, when we were 2-0 down at the break and in the second half our players didn’t seem to bother too much, and we ended up losing 6-0.
Alan Pardew - worst game of my Newcastle career
Here’s some of what Alan Pardew said in one of his many interviews on Thursday about the upcoming game, and he started by looking back at the disaster in April:
“It was one of my worst days as Newcastle boss for sure,” “Does this carry a bit more weight because of what happened? I think that’s probably true. If there isn’t an extra bit of fire in the bellies of some of our players, then there’ll be something wrong.”
“There’ll be quite a few players playing who played on that day, and I’d be disappointed if they don’t respond. I certainly want to get a result more than in most games.”
“That was a defeat that was off the back of a really tough week. We’d been battered by the press about losing the derby and psychologically, we weren’t in a great place.”
“Therefore, me coming in and being hyper critical probably wasn’t going to help. It was about being logical about how it happened, and making sure we got the team over the line, which we managed to do.”
“At that point, it was looking dangerous for us. As a team, we’re in a completely different place psychologically to where we were before that game.”
The 6-0 defeat at home to Liverpool followed a 3-0 home defeat by Sunderland, so after the Liverpool game fans were not in good spirits – to say the least.
And Newcastle will be without captain Fabricio Coloccini, who picked up a groin strain while on International duty with Argentina, and he could well be out for a few games.
We hope whoever come in for Colo will step up to the plate, because we need Newcastle at or near their best on Saturday if we are going to get anything out of this tough game.
What do you think?