The game against Stoke was frustrating. Not least because we were unable to break them down and found Jack Butland in inspired form.
It was also frustrating because we lost another two players to injury at a time where fixtures start to come thick and fast and with our league position in need of improvement it can be argued that we can ill afford to lose many more players anyway, let alone when we’re in the league position we currently occupy.
Yer for some there is no need for concern. At least not yet anyway and I include myself on that. Personally I can see improvements in how we are playing week by week and we’re playing better football now than we did under Pardew, Carver and than we did at the start of the season.
Mind you there will of course have to be a time where the panic button gets pressed.
For others they see struggle. A nod towards the league table will back up their concerns because you can’t get away from the fact that it’s not exactly good reading at the moment.
I’ve also heard that “playing passing football is no good” yet the amount of people critical of our direct style under Pardew was high, myself included.
Ultimately I’m of the belief that we have enough to get our of this and start picking up victories and the points that go with it. We’re creating chances and sooner or later they will get put away but overall I don’t feel panicked yet and have been impressed with the improvement we’ve shown despite the results.
That’s just my opinion though. I’d like to hear yours. Please also take a moment to cast a vote in our poll.