The comfort zone?

Pard's at work.

Pardew and Co won't stick with 40.
The game against Manchester United was significant for a number of reasons.

First off it proved that we can give anyone a game, even with players missing. Secondly it proved that certain players, like Danny Guthrie and Stephen Ireland, aren’t as worthless as some fans have made them out to be in the last few weeks. And thirdly, the one point gained pushed us up onto that supposed magical 40 points.

It’s a significant milestone in terms of Premier League safety and is generally regarded as the start of season target for those trying to avoid the drop. Whether it actually takes 40 points or not is a different matter, but once you reach it you’d be terribly unlucky to go down.

So we are there, what now? Can the team stay motivated to do the best they can with the games remaining? Will they take the foot off the pedal and see it as job done?

Not on your life!

These players that we have are not the best players that we’ve ever had in a black and white shirt, by any stretch of the imagination. However, most of them aren’t as bad as they are made out to be at times. They’ll go out and give their all, even Ryan Taylor, and for that I can’t fault them. It’s worked this season aswell, as the points total suggests.

I have a feeling that will carry on aswell, and I believe that now the pressure is off we will see some more results come our way. The squad is determined, and they also have a manager who is determined and won’t let them rest easy.

Now I know that Alan Pardew is not the most popular guy on Tyneside, but at the end of the day he will want to do the best he can whilst in charge at St James’ Park. He wasn’t my first choice, in fact I don’t think he was the first choice of anyone, but like it or not he is here and we should get behind him rather than nitpick.

Let the lad do his job. Let the results do the talking as, ultimately, they will be the judge of him. If he is as poor as certain people are making out then he won’t be here very long, but why not give him a chance? Bitching and moaning will not bring Hughton back. I know that may come as a shock to some, but it’s true.

For what it’s worth I actually think that Pardew deserves some credit for the job he has done. Granted he inherited a solid platform to build on, but he has done well to keep the momentum going, with a far weaker squad available to him I hasten to add.

I guess the point that I’m trying to make is that the TEAM won’t rest now they have hit 40 points, and by team I mean the players, the coaches and the manager.

There is a determination that was displayed against Manchester United on Tuesday, and that determination has left me feeling confident that the team will push on until the final whistle on the final day of the season.

Next up: Blackpool. We owe them one!

39 thoughts on “The comfort zone?

  1. Let’s reached the magical 50 points then. 😈

    I mentioned it before in the last few threads,cut out mistakes,it it never impossible reached that target.

    Win Blackpool,Birmingham,West Bromwich Albion.

    Draw against either chelsea or Liverpool.



  2. It’s the wide awake club !
    Totally agree Toonsy.
    A lot of fans can’t help being tarnished with their views of Pardew, that’s understandable for many reasons, but I think he’s conducted himself impeccably and kept the team motivated.
    Until things change for the worse, or if they do, then he will get my full backing.


  3. Your positive this morning Bobby! πŸ˜‰

    For what its worth…I’ll be happier when were mathematically safe.

    Hopefully that’s before the West Brom game cos I really wanna go but they’ve played rubbish everytime I’ve been this season…


  4. @witters
    I’m almost certain I’m always positive, I think .

    I spoke to Leon Best yesterday who says he loves it at the club. He’s a dead canny lad to be honest.


  5. Pardew has earned some respect and handled himself with a degree of credibility. Not perfect, but Prem survival is something we should all be pleased with. Especially with our depleted squad and lack of firepower.


  6. I like Best (although haven’t met him).
    Hope he stays.

    I hear Pardew hands out personalised dossiers to each player pre-game highlighting the oppositions tricks and traits. The southern Don Revie? πŸ™‚


  7. Yeah Pardew gets some stick but he has ot us playing decent football and has carried on the good work done by Hughton, that post by toonsy a while back hit the nail on the head, massive ups this season and a few downs, there’s been plenty games we should have won – Sunderland, Spurs, Blackpool etc and others we should have drawn. The comedy defending is largely out the window bar a couple of freak results and Enrique, tiote and collo seem to have stopped trying to dribble the ball out of our own box

    Genuinely looking forward to next season where at a minimum we’ll have Ben arfa, gosling and Ireland as additions, hopefully we can persuade Enrique, Barton to sign new contracts.
    We have a couple of decent youngsters coming through, we def need to sign some quality upfront though


  8. Top ten finish was beyond my wildest dreams at beginning of season and that looks highly possible now

    Howay the lads


  9. Owt that happens now is a bonus, like finishing above the filthy dirty scum down the road πŸ˜€


  10. Anyone going to the Liverpool game, looks like I’ll be sitting on halfway line as pool mates giving me his season ticket, anyone up for meeting pre match drink?


  11. I have to say I was stunned when Pardew was appointed, however to be fair he has done a good job so far and seems to be taking the club and players in the right direction.

    I have to agree with Toonsy and say we have to get behind the manager and team. The performance against Manure was very good. We now have Blackpool three points here may very well change our season into a decent one.


  12. Morning lads.

    I couldn’t believe it that we appointed Pardew but he soon won me over, beating Liverpool in his first game was a huge result for him even though for me he had nothing to do with it at all, just the players doing it for Hughton.

    We are safe now I rekon, we really should beat Blackpool on Saturday and with Nolan coming back I feel confident of doing so. If Wigan can go there and play them off the park we can do better!


  13. Bobby…yeah ok πŸ˜‰ ….you sure it wasn’t more like, we’ve no chance and will get thrashed, or words to that effect? πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜†


  14. Blackpool is gonna be a rock game! There’s nee flossing over matters but we need our best player and his piers to be a tower of strength cos the tide will be against us for some of the time.
    It’s always a pleasure beach to go there and let’s face it their manager is a donkey.
    It’s gonna be nee stroll doon the promenade and at the end of the day with the hot weather forecast there’ll be plenty of new castles on the beach.


  15. No Richie I predicted 0-0. The predictor is never wrong. My source told me before the game.


  16. well icedog has let me doon today ,he was suppose too be coming roond too cut me lawns 😈 too think i was thinking of giving him an extra quid 😑


  17. BS9 – I’m not one to use people’s words against them πŸ˜† but as I recall you were talking about miracles at Easter and another Manu walkover.


  18. I had a go at that PL prediction thing. I reckon you’d need a seriously bizarre set of results to happen to go down with 39 points, almost impossible to manufacture relegation with 40 (without delving into the realms of out and out fantasy.


  19. @all
    I predicted Colo would keep Rooney quiet and we would struggle to call. I also predicted we would not fill the ground.
    Now do you recall? You’ve all got selective memories.


  20. Bobby Shinton number 9
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 4:35 PM
    Seriously, does it matter if they were all available?
    Man U are desperate for the points.
    We haven’t got a chance!

    now do you recall bobby? πŸ˜‰


  21. Bobby Shinton number 9
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 4:50 PM
    I would love nothing more than for us to beat them, even a draw would be a great result.
    Man utd are hungry and have hit form over the past few months.
    Can’t see anything but a thrashing for us!
    Realistic is the word. πŸ˜†


  22. Yep Ice, me too πŸ˜€

    Ya’ll be pleased to know, it’s absolutely chuckin it down here πŸ™„ πŸ˜†


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