Newcastle Must Push On Against Reading


Newcastle have to continue their good form in Saturday’s game against fellow strugglers Reading at St. James’ Park.

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Joey Barton starting to show his best form for Kevin Keegan

While we are 9 points above 3rd bottom placed Bolton Wanderers, we are still not mathematically safe from the drop and Saturday is a good time to put on a good attacking display for the Newcastle faithful. They deserve nothing less.

This season has been one of the most disappointing in recent years, given how high the hopes were last August with a new Billionaire Owner, a new Manager and a New Chairman.

But it’s been a terrible season of under-achievement for the Newcastle players and the club. We will suffer by again having no European competition next season for the second season running, and that’s just not good enough.

But now the team are coming off both their best performance and best result of the season last Sunday, and the lads need to put on a similar show on Saturday at St. James’ Park.

We have 6 games left in the league and if we can beat Tottenham at White Hart Lane, in the style we did, then there’s absolutely no reason we cannot win each of our last 6 games.

That may not be likely but that should be the target for the team – to do just that. If we can collect as many points as possible in our last 6 games with as many wins as possible, we could still end up in the unlikely position of being in the top half of the table after such a disastrous season.

Let’s see if we can do just that – starting with all 3 points on Saturday, against a team who will be hard to break down but are definitely beatable.
What do you think?

Comments very welcome.



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63 comments so far

  • Leo

    Apr 2, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #1

    u know for a second there i thought that joey barton had done an interview, which i had said to myself earlier that i dont expect joey will be doing many more interviews this season

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  • Marty

    Apr 2, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #2

    ED,i`m with you on that point that if we can totally take apart Spurs at their own place then we should be looking to win all our upcoming games,WHY NOT!!!!

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  • Vitorbarbosa

    Apr 2, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #3

    Yeah, to prepare for next season we need to give our best at the end of the season. Then, we can build on something. Else, we will make ourselves confuse and have no idea where we should start.

    Great ending doesn’t necessarily means great season ahead but at least there are things we can look forward to.

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  • Spyro

    Apr 2, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #4

    I just hope the team aren’t still dwelling on the Spurs thrashing because in many ways the Reading game may turn out to be a much more difficult game. Come on lads stay focused for the fans please.

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  • CRAIGG

    Apr 2, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #5

    KK looking at Lennon again in the Mail

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  • Spyro

    Apr 2, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #6

    i can see reading putting out a 4-5-1 and try work on the counter attack. 5 in midfield will be their means of overpowering our 3 men in the middle. We will need to kill the game in the first half with 2 goals i think. Otherwise i can see Reading piling on the pressure in the last 15 minutes and getting a draw or a smash and grab

    As long as the fans dont go to SJP expecting us to thrash Reading then we wil be ok i am sure. Reading will want to frustrate the crowd.

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  • Spyro

    Apr 2, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #7

    Craigg whats your view on the Reading game?

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  • Jim

    Apr 2, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #8

    “there’s absolutely no reason we cannot win each of our last 6 games”

    Agreed to a point but Chelsea (Home) and Everton (Away) will be very tough fixtures, especially if they’re needing the points for Europe and league position… And Barton can’t play against Everton.

    2 points from them would be good results given our season.

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  • Spyro

    Apr 2, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #9

    Jim i think the Everton match will not be as hard as they will be completely out of the running for fourth place, and comfortably in UEFA by that time

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  • Charlie Bucket

    Apr 2, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #10

    Also Everton have lost Cahill for the season, you could say he’s a bigger loss for them than Barton is for us.

    Agreed that Reading will be tough but they need all three points and I think they’ll go 4-4-2, it’s more Coppell’s style.

    Start in the same vein as the Spurs game and we should win, hopefully we can get one or two early goals otherwise it could be another long frustrating afternoon at SJP.

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  • Jim

    Apr 2, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #11

    I’m not so sure that they’ll be comfortably in UEFA. They’ve got Chelskie and Arsehole AND Villa, who have an’ easier’ run in. It could be much tighter than you think.

    Portsmouth have a fair chance of closing on them too.

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  • James

    Apr 2, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #12

    I think our attack is the envy of alot of teams.

    1) We have the pacy striker that can run from deep (Martins)

    2) We have a big fella to hold the ball up when needed (Viduka)

    3) And we have the fox in the box who will always score the vital goals (Owen)

    Not many teams have that kind of variety in attack. We just need to put a very creative midfield behind them and we’d be unstoppable next season.

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  • CRAIGG

    Apr 2, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #13

    My view on the Reading game is that we will win but not as convincingly as Spurs or Fulham, I think we may win 2-1 and i feel that they will play 451 and frustrate us.

    I also think we will be back at 442 by the End of this match as they will try and crowd us out in the middle with Harper, Cisse and Hunt who will play centrally as Doyle plays wide right when they go 451 Convey will play wide left.

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  • Jim

    Apr 2, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #14

    James… that sounds like the stuff that Spurs come out with about Berbatov, Keene and Bent!

    Has Viduka got another top class season in him? Carrol will need another year of nurturing. Martins misses more shots than he scores. Owen’s getting a good return but needs plenty of service, unlike Rooney who can take all the glory going forward from the 1/2 way line.

    I would like to see an attacking striker in Rooneys mould come in for the reasons stated above. Bent? Ashton? Yon Fabiano dude? Not quite the same, I know, but who else could do what Rooney does?

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  • Spyro

    Apr 2, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #15

    I dont really think Bent is like Rooney, Bent is more like a lesser version of what Owen used to be. He stands in line with the defenders and then waits for the throughball and chases it to get one on one with the keeper.

    I also think we have a Rooney style striker in Martins, if he improves in certain areas he will be mirror image of Rooney. Just look at their qualities.

    Loads of effort, win more balls in the air then they probably should, strong, fast, both tend to finish the half chances more often then the clear cut ones etc

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  • Spyro

    Apr 2, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #16

    i agree 100% with your view on the Reading game Craigg, i think if we perform we will win, but not by much.

    Also, concerning the Milner not being that fast question, let me explain

    I do not think Milner is slow, definitely not, but fast wingers are players like Pennant, Pederson, Lennon, SWP, Nani, Ronaldo etc. Milner is closer to the speed of Bentley, Barnes or Jenas, the players who can operate on the wings, but are better, and more effective in a more central role.

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  • Jim

    Apr 2, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #17

    I don’t agree that Martins is clinical enough in front of goal. He rounded the Robinson superbly at the weekend but he misses the goal a lot.

    He’s athletic and scores spectacular goals. I just wish his efforts were at least on target more often than not.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love the dude for his commitment. I just wish his striking technique was more consistent… and the confidence to run at players continues.

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  • James

    Apr 2, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #18

    Jim – I agree about Viduka, but I’d still keep him for another season. Almost as a fourth choice striker. I mean he didn’t cost us anything, so there’s no real gamble.

    Carroll is well below PL standard at the moment. He should be loaned out to see what he can do.

    Fabiano won’t leave Sevilla (trust me, as I also support Sevilla and his family is all based there).

    Bent may come. But I’d rather go after Huntaleer. He has the best goal scoring ratio in Europe and would only cost £12-15 million.

    But I agree, that kind of Rooney player is exactly what we need. Who doesn’t?

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  • HeronMag

    Apr 2, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #19

    Reading will be a totally different game to Spurs. They’ll be aware the lads have their tails up and will play a very physical game to try to break us down.

    I’m interested to see how Coppell tries to react to our 4-3-3 formation. If he plays 4-4-2 we might have problems with our width.

    Let s just hope our power through the middle of the park rips their gameplan to shreds!

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  • joe

    Apr 2, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #20

    Jim, not many ppl play rooney’s position, as he can double up as a target man and a withrawn striker. Something of a forward playmaker. Cant think of any players but bent and ashton are most definitely not in the same mould as him.

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  • James

    Apr 2, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #21

    Martins we all know misses more than he scores. Otherwise he’d score more than Ronaldo.

    However, his goal against Spurs was his best goal by far. Because when he did the hard stuff by taking it around the defenders, he showed COMPOSURE to slot it home, instead of just blasting it like he normally does.

    So maybe with the confidence KK gives him, and picking tricks up from Owen, we will see a much better goal return next season.

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  • CRAIGG

    Apr 2, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #22

    Milner Maybe he would be worth a try centrally. He played up front a bit in the Intertoto under souness and scored a few.

    We know he is brilliant wide right and left on his day and i saw him play in the middle (ACM) for leeds a couple of times notably when he scored against the mackems and broke the youngest scorer record, He was easily our best player under Sam as well playing on the left and right of a front 3.

    There was a leeds player called Paul Madely who wasnt really great in any position but played in every outfield position he played over 525 matches for leeds when they were regarded as one the best club sides in the world and he also played 24 times for England despite never really nailing down a regular position every week at leeds, It just remains to be seen if Milner is happy being moved about and not being a starter every week i think he would be as long as he got regular playing time, His attitude is far better than N’Zogbia who already moans about playing LB and CM.

    I can think of these positions which Milner has played and done well in:

    RF
    LF
    CF
    RM
    LM
    CM

    It hasnt done Phil Neville badly in getting England caps, By being able to play in a few positions and Milner is better in his positions than Neville is in his.

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  • elfer

    Apr 2, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #23

    I was at St. James’ when they lost against MANU and after the game I said that we will finish one place higher than Spurs…seems that the loughs are turning a little bit into silence!

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  • Spyro

    Apr 2, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #24

    i dont think Milner would mind being moved around, he doesn’t come across as a moaner. He is like Scholes, he just wants to play football. I too have seen Milner play a sort of second striker role, much like Hleb for Arsenal, and he was good. KK should give Milner the same sort of role as Jenas for Tottenham. A sort of freerole in the middle. Milner can use both feet, works much harder than Jenas and would probably be better at that position than Jenas could ever be.

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  • Spyro

    Apr 2, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #25

    ED WHY THE HELL IS THAT RUBBISH ABOUT DUFF WANTING CARR TO STAY STILL UP!?!?! PLEASE GET IT DOWN!

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  • King Kev-4-3-3

    Apr 2, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #26

    carr and duff can both go

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  • Spyro

    Apr 2, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #27

    Actually i would actually rather if we didnt buy wingers in the summer, but more players like emre and milner who can operate the wings but are better in the middle. If we have a fairly narrow midfield our passing football would be immense in the middle of the park and we wouldnt rely on the pace of our out and out wingers to get us forward. Our fullbacks can do all of the work on the wings

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  • CRAIGG

    Apr 2, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #28

    Why are you saying that, We all want Carr to stay if we dont renew his contract we risk letting him go on a free to Barcelona, Real madrid, Inter and Bayern who are all interested. The guy oozes class, Top drawer defensively and a great attacking outlet also very versatile remember his fine efforts at left back under Roeder.

    If he goes i think i will get a petition going calling for Mike Ashey, Chris Mort, Kevin Kegan and Aurthur Cox to resign imiediately and i hope we retire the number 2 shirt as an everlasting tribute to Carr and his unrivalled effort and consistancy over the past 3 seasons.

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  • DC Magpie

    Apr 2, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #29

    “but who else could do what Rooney does?”

    Owen

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  • Jim

    Apr 2, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #30

    DC Magpie… if only Owen had Rooneys strength then perhaps but Owen’s not the same style. Not worse, just a different style.

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  • James

    Apr 2, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #31

    I love Rooney as much as anyone, but despite all his brilliance, he will never score as many goals as Owen.

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  • HeronMag

    Apr 2, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #32

    Has anyone here seen much of Jermaine Beckford?

    I’ve seen loads of reports saying that Dennis Wise is trying to organise his transfer from Leeds at the end of the season.

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  • CRAIGG

    Apr 2, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #33

    Ive seen him and he gets on the score sheet a lot, Loads of Championship and premiership clubs have been watching him. He Scored 50 odd goals in the conference in 80 odd matches, And he has scored a load for Leeds this season. He is 6″2, a big Target man actually just what we need with Shola gone and Carroll maybe going out on loan next season.

    Where have you seen this ?

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  • James

    Apr 2, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #34

    HeronMag – he’s scored 11 goals this season I believe. But I reckon buying him is just Wise trying to give Leeds some money to help them out. Beckford would go straight into the Reserves.

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  • ObaFan2

    Apr 2, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #35

    Martins suffered under BSA but who didn’t.

    Oba’s early season was wrecked imo and his confidence knocked. He’s back now and working hard and look at the players he’s around learning from : Owen and the Duke. Oh and KK ofcourse 🙂

    Oba is a Geordie and given time will prove how good he actually is.

    That 3rd goal at Spurs was absolute class, a goal any team in the EPL would have been proud of and was created by Oba.

    So lets forget the “Oba misses so many chances” bit until the end of the season, watch and enjoy. Both Owen and Oba will be trying to score as many goals as possible, who will be top scorer?

    Opportunity for a poll Ed? 🙂

    Btw Bent is pap, like a Rooney… nah……

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  • CRAIGG

    Apr 2, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #36

    Theres probably more truth in this One than the Saviola story as we only have one Big CF but 2 little CF, He may be worth a punt.

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  • steve

    Apr 2, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #37

    Stop waffling on about Rooney, he’s a great player but not a great striker – he’s only managed 10 goals playing for Man Utd in top form and walking away with the title – Owen and Martins have aeach scored 7 playing in an underperforming Newcastle team

    Now if we could get Ronaldo in midfield instead of Geremi…..

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  • CRAIGG

    Apr 2, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #38

    I think theres more Chance of finding a nice Hotel to stay in Sunderland.

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  • Spyro

    Apr 2, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #39

    Djibril Cisse is the answer to our tall striker problem, and i think we will go for him too

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  • CRAIGG

    Apr 2, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #40

    I think That Ashton would be the answer but whether We could get him or West Ham would sell him is a different matter.

    But Cisse would be a great Signing if you want pace, power and goals

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