These Are Two Massive Games For Us

Newcastle have six games left in the league and four of them are at home – and we have done fairly well at home in the last five games although we have only won one of them – but it may be difficult to take too many points from those home games, especially if there are going to be boycotts called on all four of them – as a protest against owner Mike Ashley and how he runs the club.

But we’ll be happy enough when (if?) we get our next win – because hopefully that will make us safe in the league.

carver and pardew

Carver and Pardew – contrasting fortunes this year

Carver is now looking for points from the last six games – however we can get them – and we haven’t picked up many points this year at all.

Only nine in total with two wins and three draws to be exact,  and that’s 17 points less than Crystal Palace have picked up this year under our former manager Alan Pardew, who has done a great job there so far.

But we have to remember John is at a disadvantage to Alan, because it looks like the Palace Chairman there – Steve Parrish – even helping the manager with the squad.

This is some of that John Carver said today on Sky Sports:

“They are two home games that are massive for us. There’s no doubt about it, we are looking for results by hook or by crook.”

“If I cast my mind back to Arsenal, we performed quite well without winning. Now it is all about winning, not about how we perform. It’s about the results.”

“It is encouraging that we have four at home and two away, but we have to start winning now.” “It’s a big test for everybody.” “We have gone through a rough patch and not won in five games.”

“It’s down to me to get them in the right frame of mind. We can’t keep looking over our shoulders and relying on other teams.” “I saw a positive reaction at Anfield, and for a long time we showed we have good players and a good team.”

“I will be looking for the same thing in the Spurs and Swansea games.”

Now what John has to do is to turn those words into a suitable performance on the firld tomorrow so we can win the game – because Spurs are not particularly in great form at the moment.

The last time we picked up any points was the vital win against Aston Villa at home on February 28th – exactly seven weeks ago – and it’s a good job we got all the points in that game.

One more win should make us safe enough in the league table, but the longer we continue our losing streak, the more chance there will be that we could be caught by the bottom three sides.

And that’s especially true because we have to play two of them away from home – Leicester and QPR – and our form on the road has been a disgrace lately.

It will be interesting to see if Mike Ashley attends the game tomorrow, with protests and a boycott planned against the way he runs the club.

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8 comments so far

  • scottoon

    Apr 18, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #1

    Repost –

    To all those who are doubting the merits of the boycott I think you miss the point. Re read everything Ibiza has said…..this is about a fans movement to rattle a regime that has felt itself impervious to anything and everything. It would be naïve of the movement to think that Ashley, at the sight of several thousand supporters outside the park, turns to Charnley and says….”right…..that’s me gone then”. We all know that wont happen but if nothing else, he goes into crisis management mode….no more PR spins courtesy of Bishop but some genuine action then we will know we have his ear.

    Every supporter is entitled to do their part. The important thing to remember is that if you do go inside tomorrow, you must make your voice heard. This is not about how you protest the dismantling of our club. It is about unifying in protest no matter how you choose to protest. We don’t have to share a mind but we do have to share a goal.

  • scottoon

    Apr 18, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Have to say that I do fear confrontation among fans tomorrow. We simply cant let that happen. Everyone has to respect each other’s right to choose….whether they go in or stay out.


  • optimistic prime

    Apr 18, 2015 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #3

    When posting pictures of the protest on Instagram don’t forget to add #Boycottspurs in the caption heading.

    I’ve already posted, works a treat.


  • MadisonToon

    Apr 18, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Maybe also #HWTF ?

    I hope that everything goes down peacefully and that the players put out their statement of respect to the fans. I’m sick of the ‘fans need to be behind the team’ – we are behind the team and that’s why we won’t be there.

  • Graeme

    Apr 18, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Carver started with exactly the same players as P45 had – whats he bitchin about it for?? Today he will equal our worst run in history, set by his predecessor, in only his first 10 or so games – now that takes some doing.

    JC should have the common decency to accept his shortcoming, clearly demonstrated since he agreed to take over from P45. John, unfortunately, you are just not good enough for the job.

  • scottoon

    Apr 18, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #6

    Madison – I completely agree. By staying out hardly means we have turned our backs on the team. It is our passion for the black and white stripes, and the owners utter disregard for that passion that has led to this extreme step. But we have to remain respectful of each other no matter how anyone chooses to show their support. If something goes off tomorrow it guts the momentum that is happening.

  • Graeme

    Apr 18, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Madison @4, you are completely correct. The very LAST thing that is needed tomorrow is confrontation between our own fans.

    That would be plastered over every back page on Monday Morning and it would completely negate the efforts that have been and are continuing to be made, to make the boycott a success.

    Support the boycott, support fellow fans – HWTF

  • MadisonToon

    Apr 18, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #8

    Scottoon –

    The press loves a negative altercation and if one happens that’s what will get reported and the point of the boycott will get shuffled out of importance. If it’s a peaceful protest and the television crews get a good report of it all then it can go a long ways and certainly kick off the movement against Ashley. If things go south then any fans who were on the fence about joining the movement will have an easy out for not joining even if they think they probably should.


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