Is The Unthinkable Really Possible On Sunday – Say It Aint So

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 at tottenham 4-0

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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6 comments so far

  • stuart no9

    Dec 18, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Pardew praising the fans again ????/ HES WORRIED .

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 18, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #2

    catchy in norway // Dec 18, 2014 at 7:57 AM


    im sorry you feel that way,

    but I think it is much more deeper than that, its not about one GK not being good enough, its a much bigger problem than injuries to senior players in fact I think I would not mind a few more injuries to happen, take both GOOFY and WILLIAMSON out of that team replace team with kids, and instantly we have a better team,
    there are 2 major things wrong

    1- team selections, unless forced by injury, p45 will never change his purples, and whether you like it or not, out of the team he could have played , he chose the wrong starting line up
    Dummett at CB and Anita at RB would have been a massive improved to our defence last night.
    Goofy on the right side of a MF 3 no, sorry that just does not work at all,

    2- Tactics, this is a strange concept to P45, instead of looking at our squad and seeing which system would have suited the players available , he persists in fitting players into positions there not comfortable with, a lesser player in his natural position will more often than not give you more than a better player playing out of position,
    playing rivi up front, I have no problem with, but the distance between him and others is scary, yes he had chances, but I honestly don’t blame him, its his first game in ages, I think he works hard, but the pressure on him to score from the few chance we create is what kills his game,
    pardews tactic this season is, just give them the ball and lets defend and catch them on the break, its a crap tactic esp when your playing at this level, as players can hurt you from all over the pitch, its an even worse tactic when you have a keeper who is not very good, keeping hold of the ball and playing higher up the pitch is what we need to do, but no, last night spuds were shooting from anywhere and p45 did not do anything to try and stop it,,
    one thing p45 could have done was accept the game was gone, flood the MF not given them any space, but he didn’t,

    P45 is our weakest link

  • Reyantoon

    Dec 18, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #3

    Just shocked and disappointed last night. very disappointed that we got beaten easily.
    We looked like one of those team struggling in the bottom of PL table.Showed no sign of fighting, spirit… poor defensively as well..
    I don’t have any other word but things are going against us at the moment.. Goalkeeper,injuries, fixtures,etc etc..
    We are in dark at the moment..
    Two players impressed me though last night, cabella and Armstrong.Cabella tried his best but couldn’t get much needed support.
    I haven’t rated Armstrong for a while but
    Armstrong looked promising,will have good future.His attempt on goal last night were impressive.If he continue to play regularly, he will be good striker for us,no doubt..

    Other than that,Sunderland game will be a must win game now,to cancel our last two debacles and bad memories.This game will also decide our season & how good we are!

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 18, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #4

    don’t worry

    P45 has won his major award this season, so it cannot be his fault.

  • Big Archie

    Dec 18, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #5

    Even when we had our winning streak we never actually looked like winning, and the results were entirely dependent on how the opposition played.

    The Christmas injuries, usually combined with ACN call ups for the African players generally leaves us threadbare anyway, but it seems like our new fitness Guru has taken it to a whole new level.

    Fortunately the mackems are just about crap enough this season for us to scrape past them.

    Maybe Ashley has a spare keeper at Rangers that he can bung a few quid, sack him, then we get him as a free agent?

  • Sav

    Dec 18, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #6

    Have to hope Ameobi is fit for Sunday as we need a forward outlet with Obertan and Aarons out. How many matches have we lost with Colo/Dummet together? Not many. And how many have we won with Gouffran starting? Not many either.


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