Former Newcastle coach Mark Lawrenson thinks Newcastle have recently turned a corner, but he still doesn’t think we will beat Bournemouth tomorrow – predicting that we will only be able to get a draw.
If that happens then Newcastle fans will again be hugely disappointed that against Sunderland, Stoke and Bournemouth we picked up only 2 points in those three fairly winnable games.
Mark Lawrenson – Newcastle may have to settle for only a point
This is Mark Lawrenson has said on BBC Sport:
“In their past three league games, Bournemouth have scored twice and conceded 12 goals so the way they play is clearly not working at the moment.” “Do they change their style? I think they might have to, otherwise there is only one way they are going – down.”
“Newcastle have had their own problems recently, but I think they have turned a corner recently.” “They have taken four points from their past three league games, starting with their 6-2 demolition of Norwich.”
“But if you look at their first-half performance against Sunderland and the chances they created in their draw against Stoke last week, they probably should have picked up more than that.”
“The Magpies cannot keep saying they deserve to do better, and they need to start winning games, but I think they might have to settle for another point on Saturday.”
We agree completely with Mark that we need to start winning games and not talk at the end of the game about how unlucky we were not to win – for whatever reason.
The game of football is all about results – it’s only about results – and that’s what we need to get if we are to survive in the Premier League this season.
And – wait for it – we may still be able to do well this season and start moving up that league table if we can string together a few wins – much like we did last season under Alan Pardew when we won five league games on the trot.
Given that we have just one win in 11 league games this season and only four wins in 30 league games in 2015 – a win tomorrow almost gets to be imperative.
It’s also what the majority of Newcastle fans expect – so anything but a win will be another disappointment.