Newcastle will play Stoke City at home today in a 2:05 pm kick-off game and a win is really what we need, and it reminds us of our 1-0 loss at Stoke last September, which was definitely the low point of the season.
Alan Pardew – after the 1-0 loss at Stoke
That was our sixth game of the season and we had not won and had only collected a meager three points and we were second bottom sandwiched between Burnley at the bottom and QPR at 3rd bottom.
No we are in 11 place on 30 points after 23 games and 10 points above Burnley and 11 points above QPR.
The loss at Stoke was the time when we thought Pardew was going to be fired, but it didn’t happen – even though the Sack Pardew crowd were at their most active in that game, and the chants and banners were in full cry.
Before the game Mike Ashley was quoted at his local pub as saying that Pardew was gone if we lost at Stoke, but the Newcastle owner had said he was only joking.
And then after a good draw at Stoke, we got our first win at home to Leicester 1-0 almost two weeks later, and we also won the next five.
But Alan Pardew walked out on the club after the Everton game in late December, and not much resistance was put up by the club to his leaving.
John Carver remembers that game in the rain at Stoke on September 29th:
“It was a strange situation — I’ve never experienced that in my life. What happened at Southampton wasn’t anywhere as near as intimidating, as what it was at Stoke that night.”
“I had a real empty feeling inside and I wasn’t sure where we were going to go. But I did trust and believe in the manager because I knew how strong he was.”
“I knew he could deal with it and that gave me strength. I saw him not running away from the situation and that gave us the belief to see it through.”
“He didn’t walk away and we went on that terrific run from that point. It was one of the lowest points of the season, absolutely.”
Hopefully John Carver will have reminded the players of that game and the feeling after the defeat.
It would be terrific if we can get the win today, and then we face Crystal Palace on Wednesday night at Selhurst Park, and that’s a game we cannot lose.
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