Whenever you lose three games on the trot, and two of them at home by a cumulative score of 7-0, then things are in crisis mode on Tyneside, and that’s what has happened at Newcastle over the last three games.
Alan Pardew – Villa result is vital
And in the four games we have been without Yohan Cabaye we have one point, haven’t even scored and conceded 10 goals, but with the teams we have been able to field, the performances and the results should have been a lot better than that.
So Alan Pardew is now under pressure to turn this thing around, and if he cannot get the best out of a decent Newcastle squad before the end of the season, he could be in trouble.
This season is important for Newcastle, because we played so badly last season and only just survived the drop for the second time in four years..
The excuse last season was the 14 Europa League games we played gutted the squad, but there’s no such excuse this term.
The coach’s job is to get the very best out of the players he has available, and that’s why it’s important that Newcastle start to pick up points and hopefully, some good wins over the last 12 games.
Newcastle are still 9 points above 10th placed Swansea and Aston Villa, so a defeat would not be good because then Villa would then be just 6 points behind us.
And those two sides below us have better goal difference than Newcastle, and the 38 goals we have conceded so far this season after 26 games, is the 5th worst in the league, so our defense still doesn’t seem quite good enough.
Another defeat is not what the doctor ordered for Sunday – and we need a committed performance from the lads and all 3 points.
But it’s also one of those game where the result will be so important, after we have lost seven of the last nine games in all competitions.
If we get a good performance and a result on Sunday, it will go some way towards restoring confidence in the players and the manager.
And that would be good – very good.
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