It was a close game against Arsenal yesterday, and for once Newcastle could get nothing out of the game after going 1-0 down to an Olivier Giroud header after 65 minutes, and even though Newcastle attacked Arsenal to try to get something out of the game, it was not to be, and we suffered our second home defeat of the season and the second loss in the last 10 league games.
Mathieu Debuchy in action yesterday
But it was a confident Alan Pardew who talked to the press after the game:
“I’m happy with the way we’re finishing the year, and more importantly, I’m delighted that we’ve got our best players fit.”
“If we can keep them fit, then I think we can replicate what we did in the first half of the season in the second half, and possibly even better it.”
“It’s not like I feel that we’ve reached a position that should really be beyond us. I think 33 points is a fair reflection of how we’ve played, and we need to try to improve that in the second half. I think we can.”
Newcastle have 33 points after 19 games and if we do as well in the second half of the season, we’ll end up with 66 points, one point better than we did two years ago when we finished 5th top.
And there are a couple of things going for us this season, one is we don’t have the European games, and the second is maybe because of that we have very few injuries, and in fact we’ve had none in the squad over the last several weeks.
As Alan says, if we can keep our best players fit we should do well this year, and it starts with a game at West Brom on Wednesday afternoon – New Years Day – and a win there would see us get 9 points from our four holiday games, and that would be a good haul.
Howay The Lads!!
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