Alan Pardew ‘I Think We Are Done’
Well that weekend was a disaster. We could have walked away from the Etihad feeling not too bad if Wigan hadn’t won but they did. Leaving us now three points clear of the drop and nowhere near safe but it could almost be down to our own doing.
After the Stoke game on March 10th Pardew said:
“To be honest, I think we are done. You have got to get 40 points, of course, but we are now seven points from that with nine games left, and you would expect this team to follow through with the standard it has got now to be able to do that.”
Just two league games after that, I think we would all admit we are far from done. I like Pardew, the flak directed his way earlier in the season was unfair, especially due to the lack of the support in the summer. However, I think he needs to hold his hands up and say he shouldn’t have said that and he got it wrong.
The comments encouraged complacency. Any player reading them would think that performances can drop with little consequence and it’s not good. Our last away performances before Wigan, at Swansea and Spurs may not have yielded any points but there were plenty of positives. Wigan and City on the other hand were awful, Wigan we may still have got a result if not for poor officiating but the performances of both sides were poor.
Imagine though if in the back of their players minds there wasn’t this comment on being ‘done’, it would have been much easier to fire the players up. A win at Wigan would have then put us a huge 12 points clear of the drop, not the 3 we currently sit. Then even I may be saying we are done. The two performances haven’t looked committed and there might be some explanation why.
Now though, being safe is the last thing anyone thinks we are and we have huge fixtures ahead. The manager is back on song and knows how big the next two league games are (sadly once more the Europa League is secondary).
Our home form of late has been nothing short of superb and there is absolutely no room for complacency. Fulham and Sunderland are two sides we should be beating but the right mentality has to be in place. We get that right I’m hopeful of a huge 6 points and a surge up the table.
We have to put Pardew’s mistake firmly behind us and concentrate on staying up. Home form is key for me, win the next two and one of Arsenal or Liverpool and we SHOULD be safe. An away win is also hugely possible at three beatable teams, it’s now time to get behind the team and properly make us safe.
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