Newcastle are one of the most inconsistent sides in the Premier League this season.
What exactly does that mean – it means we can do very well one week and then we are simply hopeless the next.
A good example of that was two of our most pathetic and pitiful performance against Leicester City and Crystal Palace where we were taken apart 3-0 and 5-1 and too many of our players looked like they simply were not interested.
That was followed by two much tougher games – at least on paper – but then we beat both Liverpool and Tottenham and played like we were the hardest working side in the league.
Steve McClaren must prepare players for tough game
Our players seem to be ready for the big clubs but when we play the lesser clubs in the league a number of our players often don’t bother turning up.
So we have a game against bottom of the league Aston Villa on late Saturday afternoon and everybody else seems to have been able to beat a poor Aston Villa side – and we are at home too.
But therein lies the big danger that if players get it into their heads that it’s an easy game and we should win it – we will lose it – it’s as easy as that.
This is a banana skin game for Newcastle United, because it’s a game we will be expected to win and we tend to lose those games.
Liverpool and Tottenham games were games we were expected to lose but we won both of those.
That’s inconsistency – and Newcastle have so far been the champions of that this season
We hope they break that trend on Saturday against Villa.
The fact the game is being televised live around the world at 5:30 pm should help our lads play well – they usually do that when under the glare of the TV cameras.
But don’t think this game will be easy – it will be a tough game for us.
That’s unless the lads approach the game in the exact same way they approached the last two games against two in-form top sides.
Then we have a chance to get our third win in a row and the players can give the long-suffering fans a little present – this being the last game before Christmas.
After all it’s been a disastrous year for Newcastle United – so far.
What do you think?