Time To Believe In Newcastle United
Well another Saturday and more results have gone against us and it very much looks like it will be 1 from 5 to join QPR and Reading in next season’s championship.
In Stoke and 5under1and you have two teams in freefall with the latter now having their own fascist revolution starting tomorrow and in Wigan and Villa two teams with momentum. On the face of it Sunday’s game is potentially the biggest of the season so far and with injuries and a possible ‘European hangover’ things are stacking up against us.
Nevertheless, I feel that the majority of fans have pressed the panic button way too soon and risk making the Fulham game that much more difficult with their negativity. Our home form of late has been brilliant in terms of results and I think there are plenty of positives to take from Thursday where on another day we could easily have left with a 3-1 lead. What upsets me the most are the increasing number of Newcastle fans who think we should just roll over and surrender on Thursday night and concentrate on the league.
If we were to get a hammering in the second leg, what would that do to the players, management and supporters’ confidence for the derby game, let alone the rest of season? Winning is a habit and one we need to get back into. Why does the argument always have to be about winning the Europa League or staying up, why can’t we do both?
As far as the next 3 home games are concerned, I fully expect us to get 3 wins. That might not be enough to get us through in Europe but I do think we will beat Benfica. The two league games are arguably are best chance of two wins in the remaining league fixtures and with a passionate response from the fans I think our players will deliver.
The likes of Gouffran and Sissoko have performed much better at home since their arrival and hopefully on Thursday we saw the return to form for Cisse who I think played his best game of this season.
Without starting to play football manager with our tactics for the Fulham game I’m sure the majority of us would welcome a league start for Marveaux and more advanced role for Santon. A few tweaks are needed but I trust Pardew to bring in an essential win to take the pressure off the 5under1and game.
What we need now are the supporters to stop worrying about everyone else and believe in this team!
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