Alan Pardew has rightly said today that this is a big week for the club, and we play Aston Villa in about four hours time, are at Gillingham in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night, and then play Crystal Palace next Saturday at home, so three wins in those games will see Newcastle fans (absolutely) flying, but three defeats will see things not looking so good next Saturday night.
Alan Pardew – 4 points out of 6 would be good
This is what the Newcastle manager has said today:
“It was our home form last season that was the problem, with seven wins away from home. I’d be willing to take that, and it’s a huge week with Palace on the horizon let alone Villa and Gillingham.”
“The new arrivals really helps lift the players who were here last year. That’s massive I think. When you’ve had a disappointing season and the disappointment on the back of Cabaye’s departure – it’s important for new players to come in quickly.”
“We did that and I’m pleased with that.” “I’ve got a good idea on Tuesday of the team, the sort of strength I need to play that game. We need to win it, I make no bones about that.”
“Getting four points from six and a win in the cup would be ideal, but we could get better than that and we are capable of doing better than that. That would be a realistic target, though.”
Alan Pardew will give a game to some of our fringe players at Gillingham on Tuesday night, but the very last thing we want to see is to field a side that is not strong enough, and we lose.
There’s some definite optimism at Newcastle at the moment, which has been brought about by signing nine good players this summer – so far.
And the way the club have handled the tragic deaths of dedicated fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney has been simply fantastic, and it has certainly helped bring the fans together – as we all start to realize what the important things are in life.
It’s a test of Pardew’s management that he can navigate three games in a week – and as he says – if we get 4 points in the league and a win at Gillingham, that would be good.
Getting three wins in a row would be even better – but we don’t want to get carried away either.
Today’s game at Villa Park is crucial, and it looks on paper to be the most difficult game of the three – and a win today would be just what the doctor ordered.
Howay The Lads!!
Note: Paul Lawson is a NUFC season ticket holder living in Birmingham, and wonders if there are any other season ticket holders in the area, so they can share the car expenses to Newcastle – you can contact Paul at 07969296054.
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