Newcastle are in decline and we now have suffered five defeats on the trot – eight in our last eleven, and thirteen in our last 18 games in all competitions.
So nobody can accuse Newcastle of doing well since we hammered a nine man Stoke side 5-1 on Boxing Day.
Alan Pardew we were good enough to have won today
But we were a little unlucky today, when Wilfried Bony scored two goals – one in each half in stoppage time, and the winner came in the second minute of stoppage time at the end of the game.
This is what a beleaguered Alan Pardew said after the game:
“We suffered two injuries at the start of the game which affected us no doubt and knocked us out of our game plan to an extent.”
“We were committed today, we showed some nice moments, we got the goal, but two errors at the end of each half cost us, and they are costly because it’s our fifth defeat.”
“The fans I thought were good today; they stayed with us all the game, but unfortunately we haven’t brought them home any points.”
“We have been beaten by some good teams and we’ve probably not been good enough, but today we were good enough to win this game and we should have come out of it with at least a point and I thought we should have won it.”
“But as a team we have made some errors and it has cost us, Swansea got a break at the end of each half and they have capitalized through that.”
“There was not much to be said really other than we are going to have to work hard this week and try and get us a win before the end of the season for sure, and the sooner the better.”
Amen to that.
We lost both Papiss Cisse and Luuk de Jong in the first half through injury – but these two players have hardly been outstanding for us over the last several games.
Mathieu Debuchy came on for Cisse and then Loic Remy came on for Luuk de Jong, to loud applause from the fans, who were extremely patient today, and know the club are in trouble right now.
We have to play Arsenal and Liverpool away in two of our last three games, and we have Cardiff City at home – so we suppose there’s a chance we could lose tall three games.
And that would be eight league defeats on the trot, but that’s looking on the negative side – and our best bet is a win against Cardiff City – who beat us at home in the FA Cup in January.
And this game ends Alan Pardew’s seven match ban – and we lost six and beat Crystal Place in those games – but since we beat Palace – they have won five games on the trot, and now are only 3 points behind us in the league table.
Every defeat before the end of the season will seemingly make it more difficult for Alan Pardew to keep his job as the Newcastle manager.
What do you think?