When the Newcastle squad took off for their winter break to Abu Dhabi on 20th January, things were looking OK. and Newcastle had just broken their four game losing streak with a very good 3-1 win at West Ham, and with a game at Norwich next up, things were looking good.
Alan Pardew – keen on winter breaks
But of course before the Norwich game the Yohan Cabaye news broke that he could be off to PSG ,and the Frenchmen was left out of the team that could only draw with Norwich 0-0.
And of course we lost Loic Remy to a red card late in that game, and we have lost our last three games by a cumulative score of 10-0 and also lost Yohan Cabaye to PSG permanently.
Winter breaks have always to be justified to Geordie fans, who think they are simply a boondoggle to get away from the tough weather in Newcastle during January.
And our results since returning from that five-day break have hardly been good, in fact they’ve been terrible, and we have just one point from those four games and have conceded 10 and not scored a single goal.
And we hate to bring it up. but one of those defeats was the 3-0 walloping by Sunderland at home, and the first time we have lost three successive games to Sunderland since 1923.
Not really what you expect after the players have supposedly had their batteries recharged – those chargers must not have been working too well with the warm weather in Abu Dhabi.
After three successive losses and just one win in the last eight games, Newcastle will be trying to stop the rot tomorrow against Aston Villa, where the first 20 minutes of the game tomorrow will be really important for the home side not to concede a goal.
The form and attitude of some of our players since that winter break have hardly been a positive persuasion that this winter break has done any good at all for the Newcastle squad, with just one point and no goals in the last four games.
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