Newcastle have suffered two 3-0 defeats in their last two games, a 3-0 humiliation at home against Sunderland – even though the Black Cats are still in 4th bottom place in the league table and just one point above the relegation zone, and then yesterday at Stamford Bridge we lost 3-0 against top of the table Chelsea – who were also in very good form yesterday.
Alan Pardew – injuries and suspensions weaken Newcastle side
And with Coloccini, Tiote, Debuchy and Cisse not available on Wednesday night against Spurs at home, and Loic Remy still having one game of his three match suspension to serve on Wednesday night, it could again be another tough game for Newcastle.
And since we went seven wins in nine league games, ending when we hammered 9 man Stoke 5-1 – we now have one win in seven, and we’ve failed to score in the other six league games – so to say the very least, things have not gone well since we hammered Stoke City for our best win of the season.
Alan Pardew has said the injuries are what’s making Newcastle non competitive in some of these games – and he could be right – even though that’s an excuse.
And for the second season running the back-up players seem to be struggling when they get their chance in the Newcastle first team – although yesterday it was good to see young Sammy Ameobi look the part on Newcastle’s left wing.
Hopefully, once we get past Tottenham and play in two weeks time at home to Aston Villa – the last 13 games should be a lot easier and with our best players back fit again – hopefully we can start to win some games.
Here’s the schedule after Spurs:
Sun 23 13:30 H Aston Villa
Sat 01 15:00 A Hull City Sun 09 16:00 H Everton Sat 15 15:00 A Fulham Sat 22 15:00 H Crystal Palace Sat 29 15:00 A Southampton
Sat 05 15:00 H Man United Sat 12 15:00 A Stoke City Sat 19 15:00 H Swansea City Sat 26 15:00 A Arsenal
Sat 03 15:00 H Cardiff City Sun 11 15:00 A Liverpool
The two toughest games are two of the last three – away to Arsenal and away to Liverpool and we don’t expect to get much out of those games.
But the other eleven games are all winnable – and we are hoping Newcastle can still have a good run-in to the season, as doubtful as that may look at the moment.
Yes – we put in the headline an improvement was guaranteed – but of course it isn’t – but we wanted to be a little bit positive – and maybe help lift the spirits of Newcastle fans – which must be down at the moment – if what we feel is any guide. 😀
Supporting Newcastle United was never easy of course – at the best of times.
But in the summer, Newcastle must have a big rethink about what the club wants to do – where do Newcastle want to be when we grow up?
It seems that a big clear-out and bringing in at least four top players in the summer must be an absolute minimum.
And Newcastle must get more ambitious if we are ever to build a top side again.
But there we go again – just like a broken record.
Howay The Lads!!
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