Tomorrow is a very important game for Newcastle – simply because we have lost the last five home games on the trot, only one win in the last nine games, and another loss would simply be tragic.
Alan Pardew – Newcastle manager
And after the simply pathetic and gutless performance last time out against Tottenham, Alan Pardew has laid down the law to a number players, and some will not be in the starting line-up tomorrow, and two of those are probably Davide Santon and Ben Arfa – although it appears Ben Arfa will not be fit for the game.
This year Newcastle fans have lost confidence in the way the club is being run – but there’s nothing like wins to raise the spirits on Tyneside, so a win tomorrow would be great – fantastic.
And some players are playing for their careers on Tyneside, and it seems that quite a number could be sold in the summer.
Alan has talked about players now playing for their futures at Newcastle:
“Yes, I think some are.” “Others not so, but I am still looking for a level of performance and consistency that will maybe get them into a World Cup squad and make sure they are a regular next season at this football club.”
“I can accept defeat, I have no problem with that, but there are ways and means to get a defeat.” “That wasn’t the way or the means to get a defeat at this football club and I won’t accept it.”
“I just thought it was important to remind players of the responsibility they have, no matter how comfortable we are in the league, that there’s a certain standard at this football club that we expect, and we didn’t reach that by any stretch of the imagination.”
“I made it clear that I won’t stand for it. That will be reflected in the selection of the team.”
Newcastle could well have Loic Remy, Cheick Tiote and Fab Coloccini all back in the starting line-up tomorrow, and it could be the strongest side we can put out on the pitch this season, after Yohan Cabaye left us last month.
The fans need to see two things tomorrow – a 100% fully committed performance from every single Newcastle player – and a win.
If we can get those two by 3:30 pm tomorrow afternoon – then things at Newcastle could even start to look up – just a little bit.
And there could even be more of these around.
Howay The Lads!!
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