Newcastle have only two points in our first five game of the Premier League, and that record needs to improve quickly if Alan Pardew is to keep his job on Tyneside, but next up for Newcastle is a game at Crystal Palace tomorrow night in the 3rd round of the Capital One Cup.
John Carver and Alan Pardew on Saturday
Our only win this season was a decent effort at Gillingham when we won 1-0, but we know that the cups are not a priority at Newcastle these days, and with Newcastle being bottom of the league, the next league game at Stoke on Monday night will be taking priority.
So it could well be that we go out of the League Cup tomorrow night – where a result is needed – even if we have to go to extra time and penalties..
But the manager cannot afford too many more defeats if he is to keep his job, so we expect a fairly strong side to be named for tomorrow night’s game, especially since the lads will have five days to recover before the Stoke game.
Alan Pardew has decided not to give his usual press conference for the game, but he had this to say today:
“We need to win every game we can at the moment to release some pressure.” “It is difficult to play under pressure.” “I am being accused of making excuses but just want to defend the team.”
“We were really good at times against Hull.” “I hope our fans see that and maybe they can digest that this week and we can follow it up.”
Pardew is in a results oriented business, and when you are not getting the results there’s bound to be additional pressure – that’s the nature of the job.
There’s no doubt that Pardew is still under huge pressure to deliver results, and that pressure was cranked up on Sunday when the two clubs beneath us in the league both won their games on the road.
West Brom won 1-0 at Spurs and Crystal Palace surprisingly won 3-2 at Goodison Park.
So even after the decent point against Hull City on Saturday we couldn’t lift ourselves off the bottom spot, and a defeat at Stoke next Monday will see us remain rock bottom.
While the season is only five games old – we don’t think Mike Ashley will wait too long before replacing Pardew – if we are still bottom after the next two or three games.
And in our poll, there is still little support for Alan, even after Saturday’s good display.
On the positive side, if we can win tomorrow night and then win at Stoke next Monday night, that would definitely relieve the pressure – that’s what’s needed.
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