We are always impressed with the home crowd at St. James’ Park, and while they had every chance to get negative on Saturday, with another luke warm display from their side, they kept supporting the lads until the very end – but that last minute penalty winner from Wilfried Bony was too much to take, and our players again were booed off the pitch.
Alan Pardew on Saturday – in peril
Pardew, as always, will be judged against the club’s target set at the beginning of the season, and it could be we finish 11th and don’t make it in the upper half of the table – and that would be so embarrassing for a side that was flying so high after the 5-1 win against Stoke City on Boxing Day.
This is what Alan told the Shields Gazette.
“The fans were brilliant – they didn’t give us a hard time or make it a negative stadium,” “They were with us, and I thank them for that. It would have been easy to go down that line.”
“I’m just so disappointed that we didn’t get a point or any positive result.” “It was a cruel blow, unfortunately,” “We had a couple of early blows with Luuk and Papiss.”
“Our game plan went out of the window a little bit, and Swansea came here and just wanted a result.” “I felt for the players and the club.”
“At a professional level, that’s a cruel blow conceding those goals at the end of each half.” “For large portions of the game, Swansea sat deep and controlled the ball, but didn’t really hurt us.”
“It was fairly comfortable. They had a couple of breakaways. For us, it’s hard to talk about, really.” “I don’t want to make excuses. I just think it was desperately unlucky that they conceded that last goal.”
One thing that is on Alan’s side at the end of the season whatever happens in the final three games, is that he can point to the sale of Yohan Cabaye in January as starting the collapse, and also the three-match bans and then the seven week injury lay-offs of both Loic Remy And Mathieu Debuchy.
But last year Alan Pardew was also fighting for his job, and it’s going to be interesting to see what Mike Ashley does in May – especially if we finish in 11th place – which would be just terrible, given where we were at the end of last year.
And in our last 17 league games Newcastle have been the worst performing team in the Premier League with just 13 points and a goal difference of -20.
If that was over a full season, we would finish with 29 points and a goal difference of -44 – and that’s worse than we did when we were relegated five years ago.
That says it all really.