It was really great to get our first league win of the season yesterday against Leicester City, but we missed three good chances that we should really have converted, and it took a Gabby Obertan special after 71 minutes to get us the win, and it was a hard-fought win by our lads.
Alan Pardew – we have to move on from this
But we don’t think anybody is getting carried away wither, and Newcastle still have a lot of work to so if we are to start climbing up the league table, and we have a couple of tough fixtures coming up – a game at Tottenham next Sunday, and a home game against Liverpool the following Saturday.
And Alan Pardew is under no illusions that everything is now fine at Newcastle:
“When you have been a manager as long as I have and experienced a team that’s not functioning, you have to work doubly hard and try to protect yourself from the pressures that are coming.¨
“I have had to take a lot of criticism and I have accepted that, you have to. But the most important thing is we can move on from this because this isn’t going to be the be all and end all for us, beating Leicester.¨
“We need to beat some top teams and we need to improve as a team. It will help us this week in our work and instil some confidence in some players who I know can be better than they are showing.”
Here are the upcoming league games we have through the end of November:
October Sun 26 13:30 A Tottenham November Sat 01 12:45 H Liverpool Sun 09 13:30 A WBA Sat 22 15:00 H QPR Sat 29 15:00 A West Ham
That game at home to QPR will be massive, but we must start picking up some points away from home too.
The win yesterday didn’t move us up the league table at all, but it did put us more in touch with the teams above us, and we are now three points out of joint 9th place, and what we need of course are wins if we are to move quickly away from the bottom of the table.
The lads have played quite well since that Southampton game, and with the high work-rate maybe we can make up for the lack of real class in the team at the moment by sheer effort and the will that our players have.
And before the end of the year we should have both Davide Santon and Ryan Taylor back from injury, and then in January Siem de Jong should be back too.
We’ve got to think that Mike Ashley and the recruitment team are lining up some reinforcements for January, and it would be a good time to bring them in, to ensure we will stay in the Premier league this season.
That’s about the limit of how far forward we are looking this season – although hopefully we can pull away from the bottom of the league table fairly soon.
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