Last season we got just 4 points (four draws) from our first seven games, and we didn’t win until we had that 1-0 home win against Leicester City in our 8th league game, and out came the Sack-Pardew crowd, and they were eventually successful in getting Pardew to leave Newcastle – but that’s now to the eternal gratitude of Crystal Palace supporters everywhere.
After doing so poorly in those first seven games, the Leicester game marked the first of six wins in a row for Newcastle, which also included the amazing 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium against Manchester City in the League Cup – our first win ever at that stadium.
So the start to last season really was the agony and the ecstasy.
Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace
Alan has so far done a great job at Palace to date, and he hauled the London side 9 points clear of Newcastle last season, and that was after they were 10 points behind us, after he had managed his last game for Newcastle – the 3-2 home win against Everton on 28th December.
Crystal Palace currently have 9 points from their first four games of the season, and are in second place to Manchester City, after Palace beat Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge last time out.
That was only the second time ever that Jose Mourinho has lost a league game at Stamford Bridge.
We play Chelsea in London on February 13th – unlucky for some – so we expect Jose to be a bit worried about that game too.
With Alan Pardew, one way to look at his record is that in the 23 league games Palace and Newcastle have played since the Londoner left Newcastle, Palace have amassed a total of 41 points – 32 last season from 19 games and 9 so far this season.
On the other hand Newcastle have gained only 15 points – 13 points in our last 19 games of last season and two so far this term.
That’s 26 more points Palace have than Newcastle in 23 league games – and we’ll have to start changing that record – and quickly too.
But it’s also why Crystal Palace fans will be eternally grateful to the Sack-Pardew crowd, who remain anonymous.