Alan Pardew has claimed today that once Newcastle reached safety from relegation, the club hasn’t rested on its laurels and instead has pressed on.

The news will come as a surprise to Newcastle fans who saw United reach 36 points after only 22 matches when they beat West Ham on 18th January, only to then sell our best player and not score another goal or win a match for five weeks.

40 pointsThis is what Alan Pardew said today at his press conference;

“Teams normally hit 40 points and switch off but we haven’t done that.

“We want to do our best for the best fans in the country.”

Leaving aside the patronising rubbish about best fans blah blah blah, to try and claim Newcastle have been ambitious in this second part of the year is embarrassing. I wonder if this was the new message Pardew was ordered to put out after meeting Mike Ashley on Saturday when he was up for the Palace match.

The reality is that we’ve had one good performance at Hull in the last eight matches and two fortunate wins against two of the worst teams in the division in Villa and Palace.

Newcastle hit the new year in a great position to attack the second half of the season and the FA Cup but failed miserably at both, a weakened team in the Cup ended our hopes in that competition while selling our best player in Cabaye and ending January without buying any players in a whole year takes some beating, in terms of failing to build on positive results.