Essential Newcastle Get 7 Points Out Of Next 9 When You Look At What’s Coming
Alan Pardew talked about a win against Fulham equating to a decent start, progress in the League Cup and four points from three Premier League matches after describing the opening games as ‘they weren’t easy’.
Man City was always going to be a defeat but victory at a team fancied to be heading to the Conference should have been a given. As for the two home matches with West Ham and Fulham, if we are going to have any kind of a positive season then six points was something Newcastle desperately needed.
It wouldn’t have just been the actual points, though they are obviously key, a couple of decent wins and performances in front of a home crowd would have helped to settle everything down, get confidence levels up and bond everybody together, at least to a certain degree.
The way I see it now is that our players absolutely have to beat Fulham today to give us any chance of getting beyond Halloween without a permanently haunted expression on all of our faces.
The next three matches see Fulham followed by Villa away and Hull home. If we can win the two home matches and get a point at Villa that would give us 8 points after 5 matches, not bad going and if you kept that going over a season…
However, while they say take each game as it comes/don’t look too far ahead – I can’t help it because the way the fixtures have been dealt we face a horrendous run of half a dozen matches that could leave the team and fans in really bad way.
After Hull at home on Sept 21, United have a run of games as follows;
Everton(A), Cardiff(A), Liverpool(H), Mackems (A), Chelsea(H), Spurs(A)
Glass half full merchants will point to that great win against Chelsea last season and decent points at Everton and the mackems.
On the other hand I can see a horrific scenario where we pick up nothing from those six matches, or a point or two at best.
It isn’t a foregone conclusion but at the end of last season when the team collapsed in those consecutive home matches against Sunderland and Liverpool, it showed a real fragile nature to our current team.
Our players need the points and the confidence they will get from them, before they head into that tough end of September to early November period.
Confidence breeds confidence but failure to put points on the board now would spell potential disaster in my opinion.
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