Do you get the feeling Mark Lawrenson is setting Newcastle fans up for a fall?
Do you get the feeling that Mark Lawrenson and others are setting Newcastle fans up for a fall?
Pundits and journalists, especially those like Lawrenson who have history with Newcastle United and the supporters, like nothing better than a rollercoaster story at our football club.
My summing up of the season so far is that Newcastle battled away but were clearly desperate for creativity and somebody to score goals, too much was expected of Cabella and when Cisse is absent then there is no recognised goalscorer. On top of that, any luck there was, wasn’t going United’s way.
The last two weeks though saw United battle to a win over Leicester, ride their luck a bit and an unexpected source (Obertan) provided the winner.
Then followed a couple of matches where Newcastle were big underdogs and showed good character to overcome two teams with better players, via some very good defending and taking their chances when they came along.
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United had a combined six shots on target against Spurs & Man City, scoring four goals from the six on target attempts. In both matches, the opposition had overwhelming possession; 67% in Spurs’ case and 70% for Manchester City.
This is not to knock United’s efforts, simply to state the reality.
The players have defended well as a team, showed they are playing for the shirt, while counter-attacking effectively at times.
All fans can see this and aren’t claiming that United are suddenly Real Madrid, or that Alan Pardew is some great manager. The simple truth is that the players have played well and carried some luck, giving all supporters a lift and hope now of a bit better season than how it looked before that Leicester match.
However, that is a bit boring for people such as Mark Lawrenson and the ranks of journalists and other pundits who love nothing more than drama and conflict at Newcastle United.
On the back of the wins over Spurs and Man City I have seen all kinds of dramatic headlines and views put forward by pundits/journalists, with this Mark Lawrenson piece on the BBC Sport website a prime example;
“Newcastle are a team in form and, all of a sudden, Magpies boss Alan Pardew apparently knows what he is doing again.
“It seems to happen every few months – a manager who is supposedly about to get sacked wins three games in a row like Pardew has done and he is a genius.”
What I can clearly see happening is that Mark Lawrenson and the rest are setting us, the Newcastle fans, up for a big fall.
They love all the deluded fan stuff that gets thrown at us and I don’t hear any Newcastle supporters claiming that Pardew is a genius and the team are suddenly world beaters.
However, if the wheels really fall off and we suddenly go back to not being able to win a game and the goals flying into our net again, you can bet anything you like that Lawrenson and the other pundits/journalists will all be accusing US(!!!), the Newcastle fans, as being the ones who had suddenly claimed everything was great after just a few wins. The same old United fans getting carried away with their delusions of grandeur.
All the Newcastle fans I speak to are going with the old adage of each game as it comes. We all know that there hasn’t been any great transformation taken place, simply what we’ve seen happen in years gone by and that is when teams step out onto the pitch, the unexpected can often happen.
We aren’t claiming genius but we do demand that the players do their best and the manager sends them out with an attacking focus to try and beat the other team.
What these recent games have shown us is that goals change games, that seven second Ameobi one stunned Spurs, while that early goal at the Etihad, along with the Silva injury, rocked Manchester City and changed the whole game for both teams.
Sitting back too defensively and inviting the opposition to attack/score is how much of those early matches were played out, Alan Pardew needs to tell his players to get at Liverpool from the first whistle and then who knows?
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