Newcastle fans are coming to the end of what has been a very tough week, a week in which we have lost Yohan Cabaye to PSG, but things could have been a lot more positive if Mike Ashley hadn’t been so stingy and refused to pay the going rate for Lyon play-maker Cement Grenier, who now may have been put off joining Newcastle – even in the summer.
Clement Grenier – he would have been great replacement for Yohan
And it was hardly surprising that Newcastle fans invaded the pitch a few times towards the end of the game yesterday – they are just completely fed up with all the nonsense going on at the club in these transfer windows.
And it’s very painful, extremely painful – in fact it’s unbearable – to be hammered by Sunderland three times in a row, and my late father will be turning in his grave.
This is what Alan Pardew said today:
“I can understand the frustration of the fans. It’s the third straight defeat in the derby and the second at home.”
“You have to accept the criticism that comes our way. We lose Cabaye, and we have no permanent transfers come in, so it’s been a tough week. We’ve had a few blows.”
“When you lose a player of Cabaye’s class you want a replacement, but he didn’t arrive and I have to accept what I’ve got and get the best out of them going forward.
“It’s a defeat that scars the season. In terms of the league position, we’re OK, but this is a blow and it’s hard to take.”
“We need to make sure we get a reaction in our next game.” “People talk about turning things round. We’ve lost a game and we’ve got 37 points.”
“It’s back to basics on the training ground this week to make sure everyone knows their role.” “We didn’t show the professionalism needed after going behind.”
There’s going to be some reverberations in this coming week, because of this disastrous result and display by a gutless Newcastle side, but Alan Pardew and the players will just have to get on with it.
We have 37 points from 24 games, but we have only 4 points from our last six league games, four of which we have lost without even scoring – and we’ve lost the last three league games at home without scoring.
So Loic Remy being out on suspension will hurt us at Chelsea, and at home to Tottenham, which are the next two games.
But we must show we’re a better team than was on display yesterday – that’s the minimum requirement – and we don’t want to start sliding down the league table as the season comes to an end.
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