It was really bad news this morning to read that it looks like Loic Remy is a real doubt for the home game against Manchester United on Saturday, because his return to the side could have provided the big spark needed to get a result against the Red Devils, who are nothing like the teams that Alex Ferguson created over the last twenty years or so.
Yes – it was very painful
Alan Pardew must make some changes to the side for the next game, and it’s certain that neither Ben Arfa or Yanga-Mbiwa will be in the starting line-up having been hauled off at half time, and as far as strikers up front go – Shola Ameobi couldn’t do much worse than Luuk de Jong and Papiss Cisse have been doing over the last several games.
Newcastle are now ninth in the league, 6 points above Stoke and 9 points above West Ham United, who beat a woeful looking Sunderland side last night at the Stadium of Light, and an invigorated Andy Carroll ( we wonder why), scored the first goal with a great header from a corner, and had an assist for West Ham’s second and winning goal.
Sunderland have to start winning soon, if they are to avoid the drop, but they have a really tough run-in to the season, having to meet both Manchester sides, Everton, Chelsea and Tottenham in their final eight games.
And in the six games since they whipped Newcastle 3-0,they have only one point and three goals, and almost a quarter of their points (24% to be exact) are from Newcastle – and that’s another disastrous stat for manager Alan Pardew.
Alan Pardew talked about the game last Saturday:
“We certainly looked like we needed some freshening up,” “I will have to look at that against Man United.”
“We don’t want our season to fizzle out. We have ourselves in a position now after two big defeats where we have to have a big response.”
We don’t want the season to fizzle out, but that’s just exactly what’s happening unless our players get a shake up and a kick in the behind – and they are reminded of the huge wages they receive for playing for Newcastle United.
Professional pride alone should have them playing at 100% effort, but that’s just not happening.
What do you think?