Newcastle United have done very well in winning our last six games in all competitions, and we have gone from 19th in the league table to fifth top – and it’s not that those six games have been against easy opposition either, and we’ve beaten Tottenham and Manchester City away and Liverpool at home in the current winning streak.
Alan Pardew on the sidelines on Saturday
So when Alan Pardew was interviewed after the 1-0 win against QPR on Saturday, and it was pointed out we had a tough set of games coming up in December that included Chelsea at home (we beat them last year in this fixture), Arsenal and Manchester United away, and Sunderland at home – the Newcastle manager had this to say:
“You could have argued we had a tough schedule three games ago, four games ago.” “We had Manchester City and Liverpool and Spurs and we sailed through that, so don’t look at the fixtures and think that there’s anything that we can’t deal with.¨
“It is a tough December, there’s no doubt about that, but the team is in such a good place today, we were so disciplined today.¨ “I think anybody who recognises Premier League football and watches it on a regular basis would see that as a really powerful performance from a young team, so that was really good for us.”
One of the positive things is that we do have some of our experienced players coming back for Saturday, and the competition for places in the starting line-up and on the bench is going to be intense.
That’s because of the way youngsters like Ayoze Perez, Sammy Ameobi, Mehdi Abeid, Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara have come through this season.
And with our players getting fit again, we should even be able to rest some players – since starting next Saturday we will have nine games to play in just 33 days.
It will be interesting to see where we are in the league table after we play Burnley at home on New Year’s Day.
Where do you think we’ll be?
Thinks – eight league games to play by then = 24 points = 43 points in total. 😀
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