In the first home game after we were defeated 3-0 by Sunderland in April, we collapsed and lost 6-0 to Liverpool, even though Luis Suarez was suspended and didn’t play in that game.
Alan Pardew – more experienced now
So it’s hardly surprising that Alan Pardew was asked today if in the first home game after this season’s defeat by Sunderland, 2-1 on Sunday – whether the team would collapse again, as we did last season.
This is what Alan said:
“No, there is a different psychological outlook in the team this season – more experienced players who have been through it twice now. “You get to grow a better spirit in the group and that is what we have got and I think that will be reflected.”
“We are into a really tough part of the season, in terms of fixtures.” “City are coming off a defeat. I don’t know how many times they get beat twice on the trot – not often, so we will have to do something extraordinary.”
“Chelsea are coming off a last-gasp win and I see Mourinho has a little spring in his step. That is worrying!” “Then comes Tottenham. After that we are coming into some games which are really what our season is all about.”
“As a team we know when we get it right, we are a match for any team. The problem for us this season is that consistency. That’s the most frustrating thing for us as players.”
We’re not sure what team will turn up for Newcastle tomorrow night, because of that inconsistency, but if we play the first 25 minutes like we did against Sunderland, then we’ll be in big trouble against Manchester City.
And certainly the game tomorrow night will be a tough one, but the game at home to Chelsea on Saturday could be even tougher, with Chelsea beating a strong Arsenal side 2-0 at the Emirates tonight, after beating Manchester City 2-1 on Sunday in the league. 🙁