Things Falling Into Place For NUFC?
Where to start?
The weekend gave us a fantastic performance from Shola Ameobi, NUFC scoring from a corner and Mike Williamson whipping out a couple of step-overs on the left wing… it’s safe to assume that the feelgood factor certainly seems to be well and truly back at SJP, long may it continue.
Against Norwich we managed to avoid the associated curse that haunts our club, of being able to step up for the big games whilst taking the winnable ones for granted. I went into the game fearing a repeat of what happened at home to Hull City a few months back and the 2nd minute strike from Remy made me feel even more nervous.
The performance may have been a tad lacklustre, but we took control, kept our focus and managed to see the game out with a 2-1 win. A lot of credit has to be given to the team for pulling off the win which Pardew rightly described as being, “just as, if not more, important than the Chelsea and Spurs games.”
For me personally a win by a bigger margin would have been more reassuring – mainly to rectify our goal difference which seems to be delaying progress up the league table – but it is pretty difficult to complain on the back of 9 points from 9!
Next weekend we host West Brom for Saturday Night Football’s late kick-off, late-night games always tend to rock up a formidable atmosphere at St. James’, it may very well be needed given some of the results The Baggies have pulled off this season.
A (fingers crossed) fourth win on the bounce would not only have us banging on the door of the European contenders,but will surely have the lads brimming with confidence and belief ahead of the busy, busy Christmas period.
I’m trying desperately hard not to get ahead of myself, but things seem to be falling into place quite nicely at Newcastle for now, and there seem to be several signs similar to that of the side which finished 5th two years ago.
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