Seven Teams Above Newcastle All Win

Newcastle face Tottenham on Monday night, and today’s results have not helped Newcastle’s league position.

We actually jumped one place to 8th on goal difference after Aston Villa’s 9 men were beaten 4-1 by Manchester United.

But lots of teams above us all won and the top 7 seem to be pulling away from the pack.


Michael Owen – can he fire us to a win against Tottenham on Monday night?

Seven teams above Newcastle at the start of the day all won on Saturday – Blackburn, Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Portsmouth and Chelsea. This means that Chelsea are now 4 points ahead of us on 18 points in 7th place. So whatever we do on Monday evening will now only keep us in 8th place. But the top 7 are starting to pull away so it will be important to get all 3 points on Monday evening against the North London side, who have struggled this season.

Our next game after Monday is away to Reading on Saturday, and then the following Saturdays are home and away each week as follows: Portsmouth (H), Sunderland (A), Liverpool (H) and Blackburn (A). The game against Blackburn is on 1st December and in that month we play another 7 games before 2nd January so the games will start to come thick and fast.

In the next few weeks before all the December games, we need to ensure the team starts to gel more, and particularly in defense. The back four should get time to play more together – and that starts with the important game on Monday night.

We think the key to success this season are two basic things. Our defense and the injuries being kept to manageable proportions. Our injuries right now are getting to be under control, and if the defense can gel and stop leaking goals, we have to be in with a great chance this season.

The January transfer window is also available to us to bring in fresh talent, for our push up the league next year. We’ve made a decent start to the season but now is the time for us to start pushing forward. The support will certainly be there from the fans.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Brisbane Mag

    Oct 21, 2007 at 2:34 AM

    Comment #1

    A win against Spurs is important to keep in touch with the sides above us.

    We then have to go to places like Reading and get a result. The injury situation is improving, so we should get to see a more settled side in future with a little BSA tinkering to keep the side fresh…….

  • the coff

    Oct 21, 2007 at 3:41 AM

    Comment #2

    if we cant beat the spuds we should be getting our hopes up for uefa games next year . . . we have to be able to beat spuds and reading . . would any of the top 4 be this nervus about the next two games we have – no.

    Its about time for nufc to let poeple know if this is going to be a ‘re-building’ year or a push up the table.

  • Gavin

    Oct 21, 2007 at 4:19 AM

    Comment #3

    If we win at least we have a game in hand over the likes of Chelsea and Pompey. A win on monday will allow us to be one point behind 5th spot with that game up our sleeves. not a bad position at all.

  • Aussie geordie

    Oct 21, 2007 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #4

    Its still early and all points make a difference in the table but we need to stay in touch with that pack pulling away as it gives us some breathing space as well. Its a shame our home form has been so poor esp derby as we could really be up there if we had taken anything in those matches. Hope our fellas can get in a frenzy for tottenham.

  • Craig Allen

    Oct 21, 2007 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #5

    Agree that at this stage, we’re chasing pompey – who we chase will obviously change as the season progresses as long as we stay in the mix. Must take 3 from spurs.

  • bowsie

    Oct 21, 2007 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #6

    Great post Ed, the best yet.

    We need to deliver on the Everton game and put teams like Spurs to the sword. As has been mentioned here already, the Spurs’ centre halves are all awkward when the ball is played on the ground, we should score plenty of goals with Martins and Owen.

    Unless the Jekyll and Hyde comes out in our performance Spurs are a side we should score a good few goals against.

  • Bill f

    Oct 21, 2007 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #7

    Don’t really matter what they do so long as we keep winning especially against them. If we can’t do that then we do not deserve European football.

  • leo

    Oct 21, 2007 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #8

    yep. although i do say we win 100-1 i dont mind if it is a 1-0 or a 2-1.

    scrappy wins are scrappy.

    who would rather win scrappy that to loose brilliently???

  • Bill f

    Oct 21, 2007 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #9

    Leo, Absolutely.

  • azza jones

    Oct 22, 2007 at 2:41 AM

    Comment #10

    My Toon Faithful Friends,

    I love a punt on the EPL and I have two live multi-bets running with my beloved NUFC needing to win against spurs for a $3000 grand payday…..I couldnt have wrote a better script…..Not bad for a $170 outlay

    I had a nightmare last night that spurs got a 92min equaliser too make it 2-2. I think I will cry if that happens but I totally agree we need the three points to keep in touch….

    Martins hattrick anyone, I can see him having a good game, he scored that screamer against spurs last season plus his goals for Nigeria were quality!


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