For the second season running, the second half of the season has been simply hopeless and it’s been even worse than last year at this time.
In the first 19 games last season we got 33 points, which means that in the second half of the season – the final 19 games – we got only 16 points – relegation form.
Whoops – yet another goal conceded
In the first 19 games this season Newcastle got 26 points through the home game at Everton at the end of the year.
That was the last game Alan Pardew managed before he left for a more ambitious club than Newcastle, and were he is hoping to build a good (and lasting) side at Crystal Palace.
With 12 games played in the second half of the season, we have only 9 points, and last year in those games we had 13 points.
If we get 7 points in the final 7 games, we’ll be safe in the league and equal last season’s pathetic performance in the second half.
That’s where we are at the moment, and things have been so bad we’ll be happy enough – very happy in fact – if we can get a win somehow – somewhere before the end of the season.
Perhaps one of the clubs we play can score an own goal to help us out.
Such are the lowered expectations of Newcastle United.
And the fans want to see Newcastle be more attacking, and for some reason we have been far too defensive under John Carver, but he makes the claim today he wants them to express themselves and play more like the Entertainers of old.
That sounds like a preposterous thing to say – when our lads seem scared to go on the attack at all, and hardly show any passion – let alone joy – in playing the games.
The players don’t always turn up for the games, and this is what John Carver has said today about the players:
“I don’t put shackles on these players – I want them to express themselves.” “I was around with the Entertainers side and I was around with Sir Bobby’s team.”
“That was two sides that played on the front foot.” “So I don’t want to see us get into the final third then end up with the ball back at our goalkeeper. I want us to be progressive.”
“I’ve never stopped them being progressive but at Sunderland we weren’t.” “I’ve got a job to do.” “You try telling our thousands of supporters the season is dead.”
“We can’t do that.” “The guys in the dressing room have to do something about this.” “We have 35 points and that might not be enough.
“There’s seven games to go – we need to win some games.”
By John talking like this, where he seems to not know why his players are so poor in the some games, it’s getting scary.
That’s because he’s virtually admitting it’s hit and miss as to whether his players turn up for games – which they certainly didn’t do at Sunderland.
But surely John needs to get a better handle on our players’ attitudes and inspire them to at least give 100%.
That’s the minimum standard, yet how many times this year have the players met that standard?
We are still not safe on 35 points and have managed to lose our last four games and score only one goal in the process.
We also may be the worst performing team in the Premier League this year, and that’s a really scary thought – especially when we haven’t reached 40 points yet.
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