There seems to be just a hint of excuse in what Alan Pardew has said today, about the last few games Newcastle have played.
Alan Pardew – hint of excuses today from Alan
Newcastle have played Norwich, Swansea and West Brom in the last three games, and have had a disappointing return of only one single point from those games.
The three games before that also returned just one point, but those contests were away at the two Manchester clubs and at home to Chelsea, which is much harder opposition.
Newcastle would have thought they could have won every single one of those last three games, but are struggling from losing the great Steven Taylor from the center of their defense.
This is what Alan Pardew said on the Newcastle web-site today:
“That’s been the sort of run we’re on.” “We played West Brom when they got a last-minute winner and now we’re playing Bolton on the back of their first win for a while.”
“That just happens in the Premier League. You have these periods where you hit teams in form and you feel like things are going against you.”
“But we’ve got to be mentally strong and if we just do what we do, and we do it well, then we should win this game.”
This kind of thing happens all the time in the Premier League, there are some good times to meet teams and some not-so-good times.
Norwich City for example were very lucky to get Newcastle, when the Magpies couldn’t field one of their top three center-backs a few weeks back.
But Norwich still made the most of that opportunity, with an excellent game plan that exposed the weaknesses of the Newcastle defense in the air.
And they won 4-2, and scored more goals against Newcastle than any other side in the league this season.
Now what we need is for Newcastle players to be mentally strong on Monday afternoon, and the good news is that we should have Yohan Cabaye and Mike Williamson back in the side, and that should help Newcastle get a must needed win.
There’s no doubt that a win by Newcastle will raise the spirits of Newcastle fans all over the world this Christmas season.