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 – 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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