Newcastle have a tough number of games in December, and we started off in good enough fashion with a point at Burnley and then a great 2-1 win at home to Chelsea, to break the Blues’ unbeaten spell that had lasted since late April.
Alan Pardew – during yesterday’s game
But we have lost our last three games, including a home game to Sunderland 1-0 yesterday, for only our second defeat at home this season.
It was only Sunderland’s third win in 17 league games this season – but that’s not unusual – when they beat us 2-1 at Sunderland last season they had taken only one point out of their first 8 league games.
We were able to beat Chelsea at home but for some reason we keep losing to Sunderland, and we’ve lost four in a row to them for the first time in history. 🙁
Alan Pardew is taking some heavy criticism for his Sunderland record, which basically sucks.
This is what Alan has said today:
“Today was a key game because the two fixtures we had, Arsenal and Spurs, were difficult.” “But this game now compounds that, and we have to lick our wounds and prepare quickly for Manchester United.”
“We have a tough run of games – we knew that – over this period, and this was always going to be a critical fixture, so losing it is very disappointing.”
“We still find ourselves in a healthy place in the league, and the job now it to try to build on that.” “I think you could see at the end in the players’ emotion, they had given everything.”
“I don’t think you could argue that we have not given everything for the cause today.” “Sometimes football being football, you don’t get your just deserts.”
We’ve lost four in a row to the Black Cats but that could get even worse – and a good question is when can we stop the rot?
And after going 7 games without a win at the start of the season – we followed that up with six wins on the trot including wins at Tottenham and Manchester City, and now we have three defeats in succession.
To say it’s up and down with Alan Pardew in charge at Newcastle is a huge understatement – it always seems to be feast or famine.
Newcastle really deserved to win the game yesterday, but that doesn’t come into it – the only thing that matters in these games is the result.
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