Alan Pardew, following the fourth defeat in a row today at Stoke City, has admitted that Newcastle need a win and that the fans’ frustration at the terrible form being shown by the team, is now beginning to boil over.
Alan Pardew – Newcastle fans’ frustration boiling over
This is what Pardew has said about the fans this afternoon - after the 12th defeat in the last 17 games :
“I think their frustration boiled over a little bit and we need to settle it down.” “The way to settle it down is to get a win, unfortunately it hasn’t come today.”
“It was close today. I thought we had good character in the group. It was an honest performance but we lacked creative flair, and we lack a little bit of ability in and around the box.”
“Loic’s return, which I think will happen next week, will be important to us.” “It was a bit of a fluke goal,” “The wind took hold of it, which made it almost impossible for Tim Krul to save.”
“But I thought the call before that when we should have had a penalty was a big turning point, because we need a goal and that would have been a nice opportunity for us.”
It’s been a double whammy for Newcastle, because shortly after Yohan Cabaye left in January our next two best players – Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy – were both injured on March 5th, playing for France and haven’t played since.
And some readers criticize the fact that we bring up the fact that we lost Cabaye in January, but it was that loss of our best player, plus the demoralizing effect it had on the team that has started the rot – and Mike Ashley has to take full responsibility for that.
And unfortunately, the Newcastle fringe players just haven’t been able to get the job done for the team, and at Newcastle, both players and manager come in for some bristling criticism – especially when things are going as badly as they are at the moment.
That’s the way it’s always been at Newcastle.
Now we have to hope Loic Remy is back next Saturday, and we may have a decent chance of putting things right against Swansea at St. James’ Park – where a win could even take us into 8th place in the league, if Southampton lose at Aston Villa.