Newcastle now have three Premier League road wins this season at Aston Villa, Cardiff City and Tottenham, and that’s one more away win than we had all of last season, when the extra Europa League games simply decimated our squad, and we just escaped a shock relegation to the Championship.
Chris Hughton – coming to Toon a week on Saturday
We have been delighted at the form of our five new French players this season, after they struggled a bit when they first arrived in January, and it was always a big ask that they immediately play well in the Premier League.
The five new arrivals had good games and poor games last season, but now Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran are all starters becoming a lot more consistent.
All four Frenchmen are showing they have been excellent buys for the club, and the recent results are starting to show that.
20 year-old French U21 International left back Massadio Haidara was bought fin or the long term, and he’s been injured most of the season, but he looked a very good player in that first half against Manchester City in the League Cup a couple of weeks ago.
Alan Pardew says the desire and spirit that exists in the team has brought some of the recent excellent results:
“It was a side to us that we’ll need if we’re going to win more games away from home,” “It was our third win away. We didn’t have that many last year. We’ve got that already.”
“We’ve shown that desire and spirit in those three games.” “Cardiff, Aston Villa and Tottenham – away games aren’t easy to win in the Premier League.”
“We’ve had to scrap in all three of them, and we had a little bit of luck too against Tottenham.”
The next game will be another scrap against Norwich City, and they had an excellent 3-1 home win on Saturday, in a game they were losing 1-0 at the break, and the match was between two former Newcastle managers, with Sam Allardyce still in charge of the Hammers.
We need to win this next game, and that’s all that matters right now, and a win would take us to 20 points from 12 league games, which is not too bad at all.
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