We have two games left before we complete the first 10 games of the season, and it turns out that Sanâ€™s target was 20 points for that period.
So if we win the next 2 successive games we will reach 20 points. That is on target for a top 4 finish, but i will be no easy task against Tottenham tonight and Reading away on Saturday.
Sam Allardyce – with 2 successive wins Newcastle will have 20 points from first 10 games
Big Sam told the Chronicle live today:
â€œI have always split the season up into four phases â€“ and if we can pick up a very important victory tonight, that takes us to 17 points with one game left in the first phase against Reading.â€
â€œAnything we pick up from there, if itâ€™s a point or if itâ€™s good enough to be three, that gives you 20 points from 10 games. That is the ultimate goal for us to try to aim for now.â€
â€œIf we do the ultimate and win the next two, then itâ€™s two points a game. Thatâ€™s a top-four finish.â€ â€œWe are not saying we will be able to keep it up â€“ perhaps we will, perhaps we wonâ€™t.â€
â€œWe might have a phase where we dip off, we might have a phase where we can continue, but certainly, it would give us the ideal opportunity to get a top eight or better finish by putting that many points on the board in the first 10 matches.
â€œWe have already made our best start for a number of years and if we do manage to win tonight it will be our best start for 10 years.â€
Earlier in the season we had predicted 22 points from the first 10 games because we didnâ€™t meet any of the top four in that period. We were a little over confident ( 😀 ) but if we can win our next two games, against Spurs tonight and away at Reading on Saturday thatâ€™s 20 points, and as Sam says a very good total for the first 10 games and on track for a top 4 finish.Â Â We couldn’t have hoped for a better start and we can push on from there.
We also expect to fortify the squad in January for the run-in, so tonight’s game is certainly an important fixture for us.
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