It was a fantastic home win for the club last Sunday against Aston Villa, and it was just a huge relief for the players and the fans alike, but it’s also true that Newcastle did not play particularly well in that game.
Loic Remy – putting the ball in the net last Sunday
The big thing in the game was that Newcastle had real commitment again, and that was not present in the 4-0 disgraceful rout by Spurs, and we also had Loic Remy, Fab Coloccini and Cheick Tiote back in the side, and they are three of our best players.
Alan Pardew has talked to the Shields Gazette today:
“The margins are tight in football.” “You have to get yourself in a position for the margins to matter.”
“Against Tottenham, the margins were irrelevant.” “We were never in the game, so it didn’t matter.” “We could have had a great slice of luck and been beaten 4-1.”
“So the commitment and effort of the team last Sunday was everything.” “That got us a platform for the victory and the clean sheet.” “It created the moment from which Loic, the best player on the pitch by some distance, scored.”
“Only he could have scored that goal because of his quality.” “And our fitness levels were great,” “We worked hard on that.”
The fitness of the players has been very good this season, and that’s in no small part due to Fitness Director Faye Downey.
However, we have picked up a few injuries recently, when we least needed them – but overall our injury record had been good this season.
We need to see that commitment on Saturday at Hull, and maybe some better form and more sharpness up front, and if we can do that, there’s no reason why we cannot win that game.
We haven’t played well and won a game since we demolished West Ham 3-1 at Upton Park, in what turned out to be Yohan Cabaye’s last game for the club.
What do you think?
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