One of the real concerns we have at Newcastle this season, is the longer we stay near or in the relegation zone, the more difficult it will be to get out of it – and one reason for that is there is mounting pressure on the players in every game we do not win, and that makes it difficult for them to play at their best.
Alan Pardew deep in thought on Saturday
And after a while every poor result makes the hole we are in that much deeper.
And manager Alan Pardew has talked about that phenomenon today, following our rather lucky 2-2 draw at Swansea on Saturday, when if truth be told – we were second best for long periods of that game.
This is what Alan has said:
“The media will take whatever tone they want on it.” “I think anybody who seen us will know the players are giving everything.”
“OK, we’d like to have a bit more confidence and play with a bit more belief at times.” “And I would as well.” “But we are where we are.”
“The pressure on us makes it difficult to play.” “We had periods where we looked edgy and nervous which is understandable.” “The only thing you can do is keep fighting and we certainly had that.”
“I’m not here to score points in terms of me as a manager.” “I just want the team to win and try to find a solution for the players to help them.” “It’s my job to help them prove and get better results.”
What Newcastle United need are wins – as Pardew alludes to – and it’s really as simple as that – but much easier said than done.
We have had a leaky defense so far this season, with Colo and Willo looking vulnerable at the back, and we have nobody other than Papiss Cisse who can score Premier League goals for us at the moment, so we have problems both at the back and up front.
Apart from that we are in great shape. 😀
We didn’t replace Loic Remy in the summer, and we didn’t strengthen our weak defense – so we are now paying the price for that this season.
We just have to hope we can start pulling away from the bottom of the league, and that some of our players – both new and old – can start to find their best form – very soon.
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