Newcastle expects after West Ham no show
Alan Pardew will demand a response to Newcastle United's no show against West Ham United after his troops return from international duty - and I expect him to get it.
Newcastle have been blasted by fans this week after slipping up against the Hammers, failure to do the business against Swansea City is unthinkable.
Some of the stick dished out this week has been warranted, some of it has been far-fetched but either way United players know where they stand.
You certainly don't become a bad team overnight.
This week the same old voices have been out in force, and as stated in my column this week this has been their first real opportunity to have a good moan.
But the season is far, far from a write off.
The squad size remains a concern but there should be no excuse from the players about Europe.
After all travelling back from Belgium isn't that different to a trip to London and with nine changes, should it make that much of a difference physically?
Perhaps the emotions of the week do count for something and certainly the amount of time the manager has on the training field with his players.
But it is something Man United or Chelsea are used to, and Newcastle need to learn quickly if they want long-term success.
However, perhaps Newcastle's problems are that they raised the bar to a level which means expectations this term are understandably high.
Nobody expected last season's fifth place finish, it was a nice surprise, and enjoyable one too.
Time though waits for no man.
In the unforgiving world of the Premier League, no team can drift through games and every game is a battle.
That's why the Premier League is so exciting.
What disappointed me most on Sunday was that West Ham were almost allowed to run the show.
Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan coming back should have been motivation enough to beat West Ham and United stars seemed happy to let them have an easy ride.
Of course West Ham made life difficult for United with their minging but triumphant winning tactics.
But I'm sorry, the red carpet should not have been rolled out for the two former players and Big Sam.
However, the great thing about football is that there is always another chance, another game and another opportunity to put things right.
People have blamed tactics, formations, set-pieces, lack of investment and even individual players this week.
And even though some of them are valid points and valid reasons, the fact of the matter is Newcastle have to get on with things.
The season doesn't end after 11 games and nobody seals their place in the table in November.
All Newcastle can do is get back to the coalface and make sure they get the win against Swansea.
Throw in a performance to boot and it could be contrasting scenes to the end of the West Ham game.
A much better start will be needed against the Swans but this should be a game - unlike West Ham - that suits the technical players such as Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye and the likes of Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse need to take out some frustration on the Welsh side.
Newcastle expects lads.