The good 3-2 win at Crystal Palace on Wednesday night was a tonic for the players, and hopefully that will give them confidence for the upcoming league game at the Britannia Stadium on Monday night, where Newcastle must go and try to win the game.
Alan Pardew – pressure is not going away
Wednesday night was also a bit of a tonic for manager Pardew, after it looked like we would have victory snatched away, when Crystal Palace equalized in added time and then we had Mehdi Abeid sent off after 10 minutes of extra time.
But the lads prevailed and a goal made by Adam Armstrong and scored by Paul Dummett, got us through to face Manchester City away in the next leg.
Alan Pardew is not daft enough to think the pressure is going away anytime soon, with Newcastle bottom of the league with just 3 points from our first five games:
“The pressure is not going to go away from us.” “We’re Newcastle United. We are sitting at the bottom of the Premier League and we haven’t won a Premier League game.”
“We have to put that right.” “We’ve got two tough away games but we’re here for the long haul.” “There are a lot of games to go.”
“There’s a big season still to play and it’s all to play for.” “So I’m looking forward to building on this small step.”
It was a small step forward on Wednesday night, but we have been impressed with the way the players have fought back in their last two games, and we have gone behind twice in those games and come back to get something out of each of the games, a draw against Hull and a win on Wednesday night.
If we can keep fighting like that and play somewhere near our best form, the odds are good that we can start climbing the league table – that’s what we are hoping for, but we have to take something out of the game at Stoke City.
Another defeat would not be good.
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