Alan Pardew is under fire this week, after the five game she has been banned so far we have lost four and scored only one goal – that last minute winner against Crystal Palace.
Alan Pardew – we need a result
And the manager is clear that we need a result at Stoke City on Saturday, but that’s not going to be easy with the form the side has been in of late.
This is what Alan Pardew told the Shields Gazette today:
“It’s a week where we going to have to take the criticism that comes our way,” “But most importantly, we have to work between now and Stoke and get a formula to get us a result.”
“That’s really what we need – a result and a goal or more.” “We’ve got to make sure everybody’s available,” “Maybe we’ll have Loic back, maybe Tim will be back.”
“Loic’s not far away – it will be a boost if we can get him back in and around us.” “Hopefully, we can for Stoke, because that’s a big game for us.”
We should finish in 9th place at least in the league but at the moment Stoke are only 6 points behind us so a defeat at Stoke would mean Stoke can catch us.
And if we continue our dire results in the last five games of the season, that could happen and then we’d finish 10th – and our form in the final 20 games of the season will have been relegation form.
And that doesn’t bode well for next season.
So we definitely need some top players brought in over the summer.
And since we beat a 9 man Stoke side 5-1 on Boxing Day, that ended a run of seven wins in nine games, and in the 15 league games since then we have lost ten and gained only 13 points, and failed to score in 11 of those games.
And we also lost 2-1 in the FA Cup to Cardiff City in January, who are second bottom of the league.
It’s not good.