50 year-old former Newcastle striker Les Ferdinand has tried to explain why the home results this season have been so poor for Newcastle.
We have lost five of our 18 home games this season yet away from home we have lost only three of the 20 games played.
The latest set-back at St. James’ Park was the 3-1 upset by Fulham and the worry is that Newcastle have five of our remaining eight games at home against lower table opposition.
Les Ferdinand while at Newcastle – circa 1996
That’s a worry because we have already lost to teams like Blackburn and Wolves at home this season – games that should have been home bankers and out next two games are against second bottom Wigan Athletic and fourth bottom Burton Albion.
If we are to be promoted we will have to win the vast majority of the home games remaining and must get 6 points from the next two games.
Les has looked back on when he played for Newcastle and has come up with this reason why the home form has been so poor:
“I think there is a lot of pressure at home.” “There is an expectancy and unfortunately players haven’t been able to live up to that expectancy at home.”
“I always remember when I was here the football was quite good and it was always great to come home and play, but sometimes it could have the adverse effect.”
“There was a lot of pressure on.” “It’s no coincidence this season you have a fantastic record away from home.”
“The hardcore supporters go away from home but it is a bit more of a relaxed atmosphere.”
“From a player point of view it is easier to play away when things aren’t going so well at home.”
Newcastle fans will feel a lot better if we get 6 points from the next two games and have six games to play, split between home and away games.
Howay The Lads!!