Alan Pardew will know all about the atmosphere at St. James Park when the stadium is chock full of over 52,000 mad screaming Geordies and when he comes back to Toon tomorrow we expect Palace to be a hard side to beat.
But it is also a game we should be winning given our improved form over the last three games, following our pathetic capitulation at St, Mary´s Stadium almost three weeks ago.
Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace last year
Palace hammered us 5-1 last year in the league – another one of Newcastle´s pitiful and catastrophic displays under the woeful Steve McClaren.
This is what Pardew thought about that game:
“That was a night that everything went in for us. It was never a 5-1 game.” “But we got goals at the right times.” “The result didn’t really replicate the game.”
“The Newcastle fans want to see their team play with heart and spirit.” “The atmosphere will be red-hot. It’s a tough ask to try and win there.”
“The atmosphere will be red-hot and it’s a tough ask to try to win there. “At the moment it’s going well for Newcastle. That’s a big bear we’ve got to fight in that pit!”
“We’re still not mathematically safe and that’s the task at hand.”
The next two games are winnable games against Palace at home and Aston Villa away.
If we can beat those two sides it will set up a do-or-die final home game against Tottenham Hotspur, where a win would probably be enough to save us this season.
If that happens that would be the second successive season we will have avoided the drop on the final day.
Here´s hoping for that.