At the end of last year Crystal Palace were 5th top of the league with 31 points from their first 19 games of the season, but after another eight league games played this year they are on 32 points from 27 games played and in 14th place after they went down 3-2 at West Brom yesterday after being 3-0 down at half time.
That was West Brom´s second successive league win after we beat them 1-0 at St. James Part three weeks ago – and they are now 11 points above Newcastle, but we have a game in hand – a home tie against Manchester City still to be rearranged.
Alan Pardew and Tony Pulis yesterday
That´s no wins in ten league games for Palace and just three points in those 10 games, but only one point from the last eight games.
That record is still not as bad as Alan´s former assistant manager at Newcastle John Carver managed last year – when Newcastle went ten games with just one point and an amazing eight game losing streak.
Those were the 10 games before the very last game of last season when we saved ourselves with that 2-0 win at home over West Ham.
To offset their poor performance in the league this year Palace have reached the quarter finals of the FA Cup after they beat Tottenham last weekend 1-0 at White Hart Lane – so they are at least having some success in the FA Cup.
Alan Pardew had similar poor streaks at Newcastle when we lost seven of the last eight games in the 2013-2014 season after we had sold Yohan Cabaye to PSG for £20M and not replaced him.
Yohan is now of course at Crystal Palace.
The following season – which was last season – Newcastle started the league with just three draws and four defeats in the first seven games, but then Alan won six games in a row and five in the league to get us to 26 points at the end of 2014 with 19 games played and we were 9th top.
Then Alan left Newcastle for Crystal Palace – so he certainly had his ups and downs at Newcastle.
Even though Palace have only 3 points from the last 30 played for they are still 8 points above Newcastle and 9 points if you consider Palace´s much better goal difference.
And of course Newcastle had a horrendous start to the season under new manager Steve McClaren with just three draws and five defeats in the first eight league games – and we are still 3rd bottom of the league with our next game being at Stoke on Wednesday night.
This has been Newcastle’s worst ever season in the Premier League – so far and we have to start winning games if we are to avoid the drop in May – which would be a compete and utter disaster for Newcastle – but still very possible.
What do you think?