Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said he wants to see a win or two before the end of the season and with four games to go – with two of them at Arsenal and Liverpool, maybe 6 points is all we can get from the last four games of the season – that would take us onto 52 points – which we suppose that wouldn’t be too bad – given the trials and tribulations of this year.
Erik Pieters – Stoke’s goalscorer celebrates
It was a really poor goal that Newcastle conceded today, when Erik Pieters mis-hit his intended cross, and it beat Tim Krul and went into the top right-hand corner of the goal – and that was it – we went down 1-0, and the fourth defeat on the trot.
This is what Alan Pardew had to say to Sky Sports after the game:
“I thought that we gave an honest performance. It was a close game, a fluke goal for them – which is our luck at the moment.” “It’s a difficult place to come and we gave a good account of ourselves today – but it wasn’t enough.”
“It’s tough – especially when you’re Newcastle. They’ve been a tough four fixtures and hopefully next week when we’re at home (to Swansea City) we’ll get a win.” “I’d like to see a win or two that will secure our position and secure our confidence going into the summer.”
“We’ve got a good opportunity in the summer to bring players in, but we need to get ourselves a couple of wins just to steady everyone down.” “I think the local press up in the North-East have been damaging for us this week,”
“They’ve come for us, they’ve been banned from the stadium and that’s reflected in the fans today. “
It’s a little surprising that Alan criticizes the local journalists in that comment – and we suppose they are the Chronicle, Journal and Sunday Sun – since they are the ones banned by Mike Ashley since early November.
The really surprising thing is that even though Newcastle have been on a terrible run this year, Southampton are still only two points ahead of us , and they were surprisingly beaten at home 1-0 today by Cardiff City.
But things are not good at Newcastle at the moment, and we just have to hope Loic Remy is back for next Saturday’s home game against Swansea – and maybe – just maybe – we can get a goal and win the game.
We desperately need a good result.