Sammy Ameobi didn’t have a particularly good game in the derby game against Sunderland on Sunday, and manager Alan Pardew has pointed out since the 1-0 defeat, that a number of our players were carried away by the occasion, especially in the first half.
Sammy Ameobi in action on Sunday
And if truth be told Sunday was our best chance to get 3 points in a game over the Christmas period, and we face Manchester United away, Everton and Burnley at home in the next three games.
We are then at Leicester City in the 3rd round of the FA cup and those four games are all played by January 3rd – 11 days time – a week on Saturday.
Sammy Ameobi has talked about Newcastle’s current situation:
“Christmas is massive for us now.” “As a team we could fall by the wayside and it would be easy for that to happen. That’s not what we need to do, we need to fight back.”
“We have got two tough fixtures in a short period of time. We need to regroup and go from here.”
“It’s not going to be easy. I will just have to keep my head down, work hard in training and make sure we go on from here.”
“The manager was disappointed like the rest of us were, but you have to put it behind you and move on somehow.”
It could be difficult to get any points out of our next two games against the Red Devils and the Toffees, and we could see Newcastle start slipping down the league table.
The home game against Burnley is shaping up to be crucial on New Years Day, but Burnley are also starting to pick up points and they were only narrowly beaten 2-1 at Spurs on Saturday.
The last thing we want this season is to go into a second half slump like we did last season.
We just haven’t got the points we had last season at this time, when we had 30 points from the first 17 games – 7 more than we have today.
And after beating Stoke 5-1 on Boxing Day we had 33 points from 18 games.
We still have 9 players out injured and we are still top of the Injury League with two injuries more than Arsenal and Manchester United – who have much bigger squads than we do.
It would be a confidence booster if we can get something out of the game at Old Trafford on Friday.
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