Are Newcastle United Following Sunderland’s Lead?
Newcastle United aren’t exactly following Mike Ashley’s script are they?
Alan Pardew clearly has got the message from his boss wrong, winning Cup matches and get out of the Premier League as soon as possible, wasn’t really what Ashley had in mind.
Seven matches so far, two wins out of two in the Cups and no wins in five in the League.
A lot of people believe that winning Cup matches will then more or less automatically translate into results in league matches, indeed Pardew and his players have all been talking about the win over Palace potentially being used as a springboard to get the team off the bottom of the league.
Here’s hoping, but if you look at Sunderland last season they took things to real extremes.
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In total, Sunderland won eight matches in the Cups last season, with the last of those being on the 15 February 2014.
By that point, they had won only six games in the league, in fact they didn’t win their seventh (of the eventual ten they would win in the Premier League) until the 19th April, only weeks before the end of the season.
Their first win in the Premier League didn’t come along until 27th October, some two and a half months into the season, by then they’d already won a couple in the Cups, just as Newcastle have done this season so far.
These are the Premier League matches Sunderland eventually ended up winning last campaign;
Newcastle 27 Oct 2013
Man. City 10 Nov 2013
Everton 26 Dec 2013
Fulham 11 Jan 2013
Stoke 29 Jan 2014
Newcastle 1 Feb 2014
Chelsea 19 Apr 2014
Cardiff 27 Apr 2014
Man. Utd 3 May 2014
West Brom 7 May 2014
Looking at our league fixtures, I can see no guarantee of a win before we play Manchester City on 29th October.
Newcastle have away fixtures at Stoke, Swansea and Spurs, as well as a home game with Leicester. The Midlands side proving no pushovers as their 5-3 fightback against Manchester United proved.
It would be ironic if Newcastle somehow got past Manchester City and had Cup glory in their sights, only for Alan Pardew to get the bullet for his league form.
Is Alan Pardew really that bombproof that the owner could take this scenario on the chin?
If this disparity between Cup and league results continue, one thing we can be sure of is that Mike Ashley won’t be laughing.
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