It’s not just that Newcastle are second bottom of the league at the moment – a step up thanks to a very poor looking Burnley side getting hammered 4-0 at West Brom yesterday, and having their goal difference become worse than Newcastle’s – it’s that Newcastle have had a terrible time of it in the league this year.
Alan Pardew – must start winning
We have seen many different Newcastle records being quoted in the press as this season goes on, and the general belief at the end of last season was that Alan Pardew and Newcastle had to get off to a good start this season.
We haven’t, and after the first five games and we are still looking for our first win.
Since Mike Ashley only worries about the Premier League, we should probably concentrate on the Premier League record and maybe – since we are playing Stoke tonight – it would be appropriate to look at how we have fared since we walloped a nine man Stoke side 5-1 on Boxing Day last year.
After that game we were riding high and had taken 33 points from our first 18 league games, and there was an optimism at Newcastle.
Newcastle were above Manchester United, Tottenham and Southampton in 6th place in the league table, just 2 points behind Liverpool and 3 points behind Chelsea, and even our goal difference was positive at +6.
But in the final 20 league games we won at West Ham, drew at Norwich, and won at Hull (in spite of that Pardew head butt on Meyler) and had home wins against Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Cardiff.
So that was just 16 points from the last 20 league games last season, and when you consider 3 points form our first 5 league games, that adds up to 19 points from the last 25 league games.
As we pointed out this morning that’s just 29 points over a full season of 38 games and would mean certain relegation.
I think that’s correct. 😀
So maybe Alan Pardew and Newcastle have to win tonight – because draws are not going to do us much good in the situation we are in at the moment.
If we theoretically go unbeaten for the rest of the season, and drew every remaining league game this season, we’d still have only 36 points and would be close to relegation.
We’ll have to see what happens tonight, but after Mike Ashley’s outburst in London on Thursday night, it’s clear the Newcastle manager cannot make many more slip-ups over the next two or three games.
Newcastle need to win this game tonight – we don’t think even a draw will be good enough for the manager.
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