Newcastle are showing their best form since we finished 5th top two seasons ago, and after 15 games we have the same 26 points we had at this time two years ago, and our goal difference is now -1 compared to +2 in 2011.
Alan Pardew – I’m desperate to win
And in our next two games – at home to Southampton on Saturday and then away to Crystal Palace – we could be ahead of the pace we set two years ago, because then in those next two games we drew at home to Swansea and lost at home to West Brom 3-2.
Newcastle are in 7th place in the league table, as we were two years ago at this same time, and we now we have five games through January 1st, and that’s five games in 18 days, and will be good test of the Newcastle squad.
One good thing is that we have very few injuries at the moment, and the other is we have some very good players like Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara, Vurnon Anita, Ben Arfa, Gabby Obertan and Papiss Cisse all pressing hard for a first team place.
Alan Pardew was sacked in August three years ago at Southampton, four months before he joined Newcastle, and although he was successful at the south coast club and had a 53% win average and 20% loss average, he didn’t get along with owner – Italian banker Nicola Cortese.
This is what Alan said in the local press today:
“The players have proved to me that there’s a real determination to have a great season,” “We’ve set ourselves up for a great Christmas program. Let’s hope we can follow it through.” “That’s my old club, and I’m desperate to win,”
Newcastle are coming off a tremendous display at Old Trafford where skill and passion was there for all to see, and it was a fantastic win by our lads – and the first in 41 years at Old Trafford.
The challenge for Newcastle now is to take every game as though it was against the Red Devils, and turn up and play at or near our best against the lesser sides in the league.
If we can do that, and not carried away by our own success, we could finish high up once again in the league table – which is where we need to be every season.
10 points from the next five league games and it could be a joyous Christmas for Newcastle fans and a great start to the new year.
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