In the first six league games of the season we had just three draws, but we should have been able to hold on to win at home to Crystal Palace when they equalized five minutes into added time, and we could have even got the win at Aston Villa, but we didn’t and we were joint bottom with Burnley, after the 1-0 loss at Stoke.
Alan Pardew – asked for his secret ingredient
If we had managed to get those two wins we would have been around 14th – still not too high up the league – but not joint bottom either.
And we always remember former Newcastle manager Graeme Souness saying the following:
“As Newcastle manager you are only two defeats away from a crisis.”
And of course he’s right, because whatever the reason, Newcastle fans always have a big reaction to the result – be it a win or a loss – things are just great when we win and things are just terrible when we lose.
So a run of defeats and the sky is falling in – and a runs of wins and everything is beautiful in the Newcastle garden.
That’s the way it’s always been at Newcastle, and maybe it’s just the passion of the fans that causes that?
The way Alan Pardew and out players have turned things around in the last four games has been amazing and the Newcastle manager has talked about a secret ingredient :
“When you turn results around, everyone is looking for a secret ingredient.” “It is not really a secret ingredient, it is about doing the right thing enough of the times.”
“We was (were?) doing that in some of the games but not getting the results.” “Some of the stats I had coming through were kind of reflecting we should have had better results.”
“So I was fairly confident that once we got a win we could get the points we desperately needed.” “We have deserved the victories we have had.”
“I think we have given ourselves and the fans confidence that the team can grow. We have a lot of young players in the group and they are really benefitting from this spell.”
The big confidence factor is that we have seen some of our youngsters and fringe players show they can play a bit over the last few games , although losing Obertan was a bit of a blow last weekend.
Alan has done most things right in the last four games, and he completely changed the game in Newcastle’s favor at Tottenham at half time, and then how we managed to beat a strong Manchester City side away, we still don’t know – it was simply a terrific performance from our lads.
And the tactics were spot on against Liverpool, although it was still anybody’s game before young Ayoze Perez scored in the second half.
But Alan still has many detractors at Newcastle, and he has to get some stability with results, because we seem to have very good runs and very bad runs with Pardew in charge.
In the season we finished 5th we had six league wins in a row, and last season we had six league defeats in a row.
Those detractors are probably just waiting for our next defeat, before they come out with guns blazing against the manager.
We hope that’s some time away – and we are hoping we can keep this winning streak going a few more games yet.
What do you think?
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