If you keep hitting your head against a brick wall – and then stop – it feels a lot better. So if you are feeling down in the dumps or things are a little tough, do that for a few minutes, and we guarantee you’ll feel a lot better.
Alan Pardew – struggled to get a team out for today
So if things are bad now, it’s good to look back when things were even worse – (like when you were hitting your head against that brick wall) – and that’s what Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has done today – by saying things might be difficult now – but they were a lot worse last year at this time.
Alan is having a really tough time getting a team together for today at Chelsea, with Cheick Tiote, Fab Coloccini, Loic Remy, Yohan Gouffran and Papiss Cisse all unavailable.
This is what Pardew told the Shields Gazette today:
“We were in worse situations last year, with a worse points total, and with more pressure on us,” “We haven’t got that pressure on us.”
“Having said that, it’s important to refocus on the here and now.” “I keep hearing talk about the summer, and this and that, and I’m getting questions from the media on how we’re going to go forward.
“But they have to understand I’ve had a tough week this week just getting the team ready for Saturday.” “Am I really thinking too much about transfers and how I am going deal with them in the summer? Of course I haven’t.”
“It’s a tough job to try to get 11 players ready for the game.”
What we cannot have today is another hammering to follow the 3-0 humiliation last week against Sunderland.
When we were beaten 3-0 by Sunderland last April we recovered a little bit with a 1-1 draw at West Brom in the next game, but then we were hammered 6-0 in our next home game against Liverpool.
This is a little bit different, but we’re still up against a top team in Chelsea, following the Sunderland debacle, and we cannot get hammered today.
We need to see a good fighting performance from Newcastle at Stamford Bridge, and if we get that we suppose we’ll be happy enough – maybe.
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