For whatever reason, and particularly under the management of Alan Pardew, Newcastle United seem to go through some very good stretches and some very bad stretches – and very rarely anything in between.
Alan Pardew – last night at White Hart Lane
This season for example, in the first seven games of the season we got only three points and no wins, and then we went on a six game winning streak starting with the 1-0 home win against Leicester, and it seemed recently we could beat anybody and we did – Manchester City at the Etihad for the first time ever, and Tottenham at their place and even Chelsea and Liverpool at home.
That was the good news.
Now we have gone two defeats in a row – always a crisis according to former manager Graeme Souness – but we have also conceded 4 goals in each of the last two games at Arsenal and last night at Tottenham.
It’s now a very worrying time for Newcastle fans, because Newcastle have three successive defeats against Sunderland.
And if we play like we did at Arsenal or Tottenham on Sunday – that will be four defeats in a row – maybe for the first time ever against Sunderland – or at least since 1824. 😀
This is what Alan Pardew has told the local press:
“I said to the players afterwards that at one point I was just absorbing what the fans were doing,” “They were with us all game. I purposely went at the end to thank them.”
“Their support was magnificent.” “They all traveled to Arsenal, and saw us well beaten.” “They’ve traveled again and seen us well beaten.”
“And we really need to do our best to put a couple of difficult results behind us this season, and in the last three games against Sunderland.”
“That was my sole message to prepare ourselves for Sunday.” “We have to make sure our fans go home with a performance that gives them a win.”
“This fixture isn’t about our performance level, which was OK against Tottenham. That isn’t going to be enough, we need to win.”
Alan is right that we need a win, and the other important thing which we shouldn’t gloss over is that we also need the points.
There are some tough games coming up, and the fact we have a depleted squad and an inexperienced goalkeeper between the sticks until players start coming back from injury next month, could make things very very difficult in December.
Did I say it would be a complete and utter disaster if we lose the game on Sunday?
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