Football and Newcastle United are fun again
International breaks do nothing for me, my worry was it would affect Newcastle United’s momentum.
However, another win, another 3 points, and for a couple of hours at least (until Man U beat Arsenal), the heady heights of 4th and a Champions League spot.
I was nervous beforehand on Saturday as the injuries accumulated look to have weakened us, at least on paper, however those fears proved unfounded as while we only won 1-0 the scoreline massively flattered QPR.
I have reiterated over and over that I am not a fan of Pardew, and some comments on the site have noted the fact that the ‘Pardew haters’ have gone quiet, however I am happy to be proved wrong, and long may this continue, I think he deserves huge credit for what he is currently achieving.
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Back to yesterday and for a 20 minute period before the very unfortunate Ryan Taylor went off injured, we played some exhilarating stuff that deserved goals, stuff that actually flashed my mind back to the “Keegan” days of 94/95/96 etc, ok possibly a little over the top but it was good.
We lost our way a little for a while, then regrouped at half time and subsequently came out second half with renewed vigour and eventually got the goal and result that our play deserved.
So, how good can this team become?
Well it depends on a few factors, I would point out that the age of the team suggests they can improve, I would add that once the injuries clear up we will not only improve but be stronger, the work ethic of the team is fantastic, the energy levels of the team also is positive, they can certainly all go for 90 minutes, finally I would point out that the team spirit is fantastic
I criticised the manager and coaches for the seeming lack of all the above, so I have to credit them for turning that around.
Of course there has to be a negative, but my only negative is the fear Mike Ashley might get an offer in for any key player and he sells. The thought of the midfield without the driving force of Mousssa Sissoko (see his winning goal HERE) after January is a worry, let us hope he recognises the good things and the potential and possibly decides to surprise us by adding to the squad…..over to you Mr Ashley!
So how far can we go?
I actually believe we should fear no team, yes Chelsea are exceptional but why should we fear them, we have already bloodied the nose of Man City on their own patch, kicked Tottenham in their over egotistical guts, and overran the red scousers with ease. No team will fancy playing us at the moment.
I hand on heart believe Top 4 is a realistic possibility, while top 6 should be well within ambition for this current squad!
Over the last couple of seasons one or two of my motleys have dropped off, keeping their season tickets but seemingly having other things to do on a match day; watch rugby, paint shelves, cut grass etc. However, yesterday they were all there and chirping like excited budgies before and after the game, no long faces …..just a group of lads (middle aged miserable gits) having fun.
There was no talk or interest in other teams doings, IE Sunderland, just an excited chatter, hell they were even talking about going to away games again. I still go to most but in recent times have been going alone and making new friends along the way!
Waking up on Sunday morning and watching MOTD without the haze of alcohol, it is clear the BBC have not yet bought into us, second last game on, yes it was only 1-0 but it was a good game, let them and sky continue to devote their air time to the ‘big 4’, we can quietly get on with our own business.
A quick word on Joey Barton, he was QPR’s stand out player, and while he is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, I quite like him, and I know he likes us, taking the time to show us his appreciation at full time was a nice touch, and reciprocated?
A final word on Ryan Taylor, it was heartbreaking seeing him come off injured, the tears he showed were felt by us all, we hope and pray it is only a minor thing and nothing serious, his tweet suggests all may be ok, I truly hope so!
Football and Newcastle United are fun again, have a great week everyone.
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