Newcastle were torn apart by Manchester United today, but at least our players put in some effort and energy at St. James’ Park, which was different form last Saturday, but we were no match for Manchester United and they won 4-0 with four good goals from their point of view.
Alan Pardew - cannot motivate players
Newcastle do have five good players missing from the side through injury, but the Red devils were short of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie through injury, and they still made eight changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Bayern Munich in the Champions League last Tuesday night.
Since Alan Pardew was banned for seven games after the events at Hull City, we have played five games, scored only one goal and conceded 12, and we have 3 points from the home win against Crystal Palace, when we scored three minutes into stoppage time.
So to say the season is falling part is accurate, and we’re just lucky that we amassed 33 points from the first 18 league games of the season, and since then in the 15 league games we have played, we have only 13 points.
At that rate after 30 games we would have been on 26 points – and it’s interesting that Sunderland have 25 points from their 30 league games they have played, and they are bottom of the league and in deep relegation trouble. 7 points from safety, but with three games in hand on 4th bottom Norwich.
One thing that is disturbing is that it seems manager Alan Pardew simply cannot motivate his players, and is certainly not getting the best out of the players he has available.
And when you think this was a season he had to prove his worth after last season’s relegation troubles, he is again not doing well.
There are five games to go, and we just have to hope that Loic Remy is back for the game at Stoke City, and that we can get something out of that game – and even score a goal.
But that’s almost the same stuff we said last week, after we had been humiliated 4-0 at Southampton, and we made the Saints look like world beaters, but they lost 4-1 at Manchester City yesterday.
Newcastle have 13 points from the last 15 games and we look like a team fighting relegation, just like we did last year at this time.
Where we go from here we don’t really know – other than to spend big money in the transfer market this summer and bring in seven very good players – assuming we can get them to the club.
But this season is getting very hard to deal with for Newcastle fans, and to say we are limping over the line is a huge understatement.
What do you think?