Newcastle seem to be in a terrible place at the moment – we have injuries to four of our best players – Loic Remy, Mathieu Debuchy and Tim Krul – and we cannot score goals for toffee, and in our last 14 league games we have failed to score in ten of them. 🙁
Alan Pardew – things appear black at the moment
And it’s interesting that in the four games we did score in, 3-1 at West Ham, 1-0 against Villa, 4-1 at Hull City and 1-0 against Crystal Palace – we won all of those games.
So we seem to be in a bad situation, and one of our biggest problems is we don’t seem to have any players in the side who can score goals in the absence of Loic Remy.
This is what Alan Pardew has said today:
“I think we’re in a difficult place, I make no bones about that.” “We’re on 46 points, we have a few excuses in terms of injuries so it’s easy to go ‘oh well, okay, the summer’s not far away’”
“Certainly, I have made that very clear to the players that’s something that cannot happen.” “We can’t do that in front of 52,000 people paying good money to come through the door.”
“We have to put on a performance which shows real commitment.” “For all you’d say about Man U’s performance in the week, they did show a real commitment.”
“It’s difficult when you get to an area of the season where there are no real goals for you other than a league position. That’s something we’ve been trying to focus the guys’ minds on.”
“We didn’t combat all of that desire from Southampton, it was certainly greater, and I don’t think that will be the case on Saturday.” “When you have desire on the pitch, things fall into place.”
And of course it hasn’t helped that our manager has been banned for seven games, and in the first four of those games we have three losses and have scored only one goal.
And Newcastle fans don’t seem to think we can get much out of the game tomorrow.
But it’s in these situations that Newcastle can shock us – and because we don’t seem to think we have any chance tomorrow against Manchester United – Newcastle might pull one out of the bag, so to speak.
Last Saturday was the worst performance of the season, when it looked like just far too many of our players couldn’t care less.
So it’s time for Newcastle to shock us on the positive side tomorrow – that’s what we need – a shock result – a draw or even a win – that’s what we need.
And it would just be like Newcastle.