I think some ‘fans’ have forgotten that only 3 years ago we were relegated from the premiership without a chance in hell of bouncing back and now in our second season back we are looking strong and deserve to be a top 6 team.
I think Pardew is a victim of his own success with fans. Cissé, Ben Arfa and Santon still adjusting to English football, with Steven Taylor and Tiote out it leaves the manager juggling a very small pack.
Ben Arfa’s recovery hasn’t been the smoothest and maybe only now can we hope that he will show the player he can be consistently in this run-in to the end of the season. Our season could stand or fall on it.