Newcastle collapsed in the league last season, and it started just before the New Year came around when we lost 1-0 at home to Arsenal, having previously won seven of our previous nine games to get to 6th top of the league.
Alan Pardew at Oldham Athletic last Tuesday night
And starting with that loss at home to Arsenal – over the last 20 league games of the season, we lost 14 of them and only picked up only 16 points, and managed to lose seven of the last eight games. 😀
But the transfer market has been good so far for Newcastle – especially in the last six days when we have seen Remy Cabella, Emmanuel Riviere and Daryl Janmaat all sign on the dotted line for Newcastle United , and the mood has lifted just a little bit.
This is what Alan Pardew has said about the New Zealand trip:
“It’s something new for us.” “I know for our fans it is a very, very difficult place to go.” “But they will give us support down there.”
“So it is good to try to spread our name a little bit.” “It will be a great experience for us. I think this season we have to get it spot on. We have to get it right.”
“There’s some good funding and good facilities.” “The weather is going to be perfect.” “I am hoping that turns out to be a real success for us.”
Rob Elliot will be in goal for Newcastle in the games in New Zealand, and it will be another opportunity for the Ireland International to show he can push Tim Krul next season.
But the trip has been overshadowed by the death of two Newcastle fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney while traveling to New Zealand, in the terrible tragedy on Thursday when it’s looking like pro-Russian rebels shot down their Malaysian passenger plane.
The Newcastle players will wear black armbands in both of the games next week as a tribute to the two fans, and before the game the crowd will hold a minutes applause while photographs of John Alder and Liam Sweeney are displayed at the grounds.
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