Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace are going from strength to strength, and after the half-time score at home to Palace today was 0-0, Palace blew the Black Cats away with four goals in the first 18 minutes of the second half before Connor Whickham scored in stoppage time with a consolation goal.
It’s a pity for the Black Cats that it’s not every week they can play Newcastle and win a game – in the last three seasons they have taken 16 points out of a possible 18 against Newcastle.
Alan Pardew and Dick Advocaat today
Palace have 26 points in 13 league games this year
Yannick Bolasie – who is a star player for the London side got a second half hat-trick, and that takes Palace to 11th place and 7 points above Newcastle, and this year they have gained a massive 17 points on the Carver-led Magpies.
So it was a great move for Alan Pardew to move to Palace – at least for Crystal Palace it was – and Alan wins his first game against Sunderland since August of 2011, when we won 1-0 at the Stadium of Light.
If Alan continues this phenomenal run, he’s going to be Manager of the Season again – for his third manager award in just three years – after he won two of them for getting Newcastle into 5th place in 2012.
A monumental achievement given how Mike Ashley keeps selling out best players, so it’s almost impossible to build a good side.
Palace now have 42 points after 32 games, so we suppose Alan will get that rumored £1M bonus if he keeps Palace up, and that’s 26 points from their 13 league games so far this year.
One relegation side coming through at the moment are Leicester City, managed by former Newcastle coach Nigel Pearson, and they came from behind at West Brom to win 3-2, and now have 25 points and two wins in a row.
Jamie Vardy scored a sensational stoppage time winner for all 3 points, and they are now only 3 points form being safe with a game in hand.
Hull remain in a slump and on 28 points, one point behind Sunderland.
Aston Villa side took all 3 points at Tottenham and that’s a massive 3 points for Villa and who scored – who else – Christian Benteke – and that’s a fabulous 8 goals in his last seven games.
Villa are on 32 points and now are just 3 points behind Newcastle.
With Stoke drawing with West Ham 1-1, they are in 10th place on 42 points but have a much superior goal difference than Newcastle.
We are just waiting for Lee Charnley to come out and say 10th is still the goal for this season.
The powers that be at Newcastle should have thought of that in January before they wrecked our season – for the second year running.
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