Next Four Home Games Very Tough For Newcastle


Steve Harper played a major role in the run-in to last season under Kevin Keegan, and we hope he can do the same thing this season, now Shay Given is at Manchester City.

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Steve Harper – solid game on Saturday

We had noticed a lot of our readers had been saying we had to take 4 points from these last twp games and we’ve done just that, and you cannot say the lads didn’t fight and come back from some adversity against Sunderland.

Steve said today:

“Saturday’s win was massive, it was just massive,”

“It’s a little bit similar to last year when we had a couple of games that at the time I said were probably the biggest in the club’s recent history.”

“And our last two games have probably been the same. If we’d lost against Sunderland it would have been a massive blow.”

“And coming into the West Brom game I noticed that all of the teams below us had difficult fixtures so we knew that a win gave a chance for us to open a bit of daylight.”

“We’ve gone down there and shown great character, a lot of courage and we’ve managed to do that.”

“Last year at Birmingham we were 1-0 down and everybody just looked around the dressing room and you could almost sense something,”

“We came out and really dominated the second half and we did the same last week against Sunderland. Turning points like that can change a season.”

“Obviously Sunderland was a game that we couldn’t lose and we were one down at half time and again you could feel something in the dressing room.”

“The tempo that we played the second half against Sunderland was something that we wanted to take into the West Brom game and we managed to do that.”

As Nicky Butt rightly said yesterday, the team needs to push on from these last two games, and do our very best to get something out of the Everton game, which takes place on Sunday, 22nd February.

But at home we have to stand a good chance of beating any team, given the great Newcastle support.

Everton are a tough team, and extremely well organized and motivated by manager David Moyes, but they are probably the easiest of the next 4 homes games, since after the Toffees game, we have Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.

We need to take 3 points against Everton a week on Sunday.

Comments welcome.



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60 comments so far

  • lesh

    Feb 10, 2009 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #1

    We’ll all need oxygen masks in a couple of weeks then a pause before planning to trips to Europe.

    Ho hum…..

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  • valle

    Feb 10, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #2

    15 points to go till we’re save i reckon

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  • Partizan

    Feb 10, 2009 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #3

    I think that our away form will be crucial for our next 6 games….but i still believe we’ll win against Arsenal.
    Tottenham almost won against them and even before the red card,they had a slight domination.
    I’m sure that our strikers would have scored if they had all those chances against Arsenal.

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  • JonnyNufc

    Feb 10, 2009 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #4

    think we can get a decent result with everton

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  • craig s chisholm

    Feb 10, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #5

    this is going to sound mental but i think that looking at the four teams – everton, manure, arse and chelski i think we can get something out of three of those games, we will obviously get stuffed by man utd but arse are a shadow of their former glory days, only problem will be the arshavin effect,. chelski though, they have had a toss season compared to when they were managed by jose. i think we can get a point out of them. as for everton, i think that if we have oba back and pair him with lovenkrands, and jonas, duff, new boy taylor and nolan all fired up, i think we can turn everton over, they hardly score any bloody goals, secret again, will be back 4. i think out of them four home games its not unrealistic saying two draws adn two losses. Possibly 1 fraw and a win (against either everton or chelski).

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  • craig s chisholm

    Feb 10, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #6

    my spelling is shite.

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 10, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #7

    In the next 15 games i think you will get less points than our entry for this years eurovision song contest.

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  • ronaldeano

    Feb 10, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #8

    Chelsea will probly have a new manager in by the time we play them.

    Teams usualy play out of their skin’s when a new manager comes in 🙁

    If they dont, i would have fancy a point at least against them 😉

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  • ronaldeano

    Feb 10, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #9

    @Bennytoon

    Realy funny that one…. (sarcasm)

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  • ronaldeano

    Feb 10, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #10

    Agreed chris

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  • Partizan

    Feb 10, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #11

    Fixtures

    Thursday, 19 February 2009
    UEFA Cup
    Shakhtar Donetsk v Tottenham, Round of 32, L1, 18:45

    ——————————————————————————–

    Monday, 23 February 2009
    Barclays Premier League
    Hull v Tottenham, 20:00

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    Thursday, 26 February 2009
    UEFA Cup
    Tottenham v Shakhtar Donetsk, Round of 32, L2, 20:00

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    Saturday, 28 February 2009
    Barclays Premier League
    Sunderland OFF Tottenham, 15:00

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    Sunday, 01 March 2009
    Carling Cup
    Man Utd v Tottenham, F, 15:00

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    Wednesday, 04 March 2009
    Barclays Premier League
    Tottenham v Middlesbrough, 20:00

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    Sunday, 15 March 2009
    Barclays Premier League
    Aston Villa v Tottenham, 16:00

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    Saturday, 21 March 2009
    Barclays Premier League
    Tottenham v Chelsea, 15:00

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    Saturday, 04 April 2009
    Barclays Premier League
    Blackburn v Tottenham, 15:00

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    Saturday, 11 April 2009
    Barclays Premier League
    Tottenham v West Ham, 15:00

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    Saturday, 18 April 2009
    Barclays Premier League
    Tottenham v Newcastle, 15:00

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    Saturday, 25 April 2009
    Barclays Premier League
    Man Utd v Tottenham, 15:00

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    Saturday, 02 May 2009
    Barclays Premier League
    Tottenham v West Brom, 15:00

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    Saturday, 09 May 2009
    Barclays Premier League
    Everton v Tottenham, 15:00

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    Saturday, 16 May 2009
    Barclays Premier League
    Tottenham v Man City, 15:00

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    Sunday, 24 May 2009
    Barclays Premier League
    Liverpool v Tottenham, 16:00

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    AO……I’d be more worried if i were you

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 10, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #12

    We set the standard for us witn draws against Man U and Chelsea earlier this year. We have to do the same.

    Man U’s defense is solid, so if we can 0 – 0 draw I will be happy. Our defense will have a tough job. But Jonas the back track king and Nolan and Taylor’s I think we could just do it.

    Do a mackems and put 10 men behind the ball and one target man upfront and pray for a bit of luck on the break.

    Im sure butt will happily get a yellow for the cause!

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  • ronaldeano

    Feb 10, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #13

    Partizan exactly!

    More chance if the fizzy league for spurs than us AO 😉

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Feb 10, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #14

    bennytool = dick head !!!! 🙂

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  • ronaldeano

    Feb 10, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #15

    LOL!! 🙂

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  • Jonas18

    Feb 10, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #16

    we will beat Chelsea and Everton.

    I really like the look of Lovenkrands, he looks a good player and he will definitely get us more goals. He’s a great signing, i don’t care what all the negative nufc fans say.

    Lovenkrands & Martins up front and we will score goals left right and centre.

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  • Partizan

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #17

    AO….Its ok man,once you go down we’ll have Bentley for 3 mill
    Modric for 4 mill
    Woodgate for free

    HEHEHEHE 😉 …..Have a nice day

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  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #18

    Is Benny at the library again using the pc’s after signing on??

    Jockey.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #19

    Arry to get sacked next?????

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  • Partizan

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #20

    Toon Graeme…..LOL,,,maybe they believe in Third luck charm 😉

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #21

    partizan- At least if you go down you can keep your squad together as they are all championship players at best anyway. Barring Oba and collicini who could do a job for Hull next season!

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #22

    Funny how i make one comment and get 7 silly replies.

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  • Whumpie

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #23

    I like the optimism on here! (Less keen on the inevitable sniping – give it a rest, lads)

    We can beat some of these top teams, and there’s no reason to believe that Chelski or Arse can hold us out.

    My main concern is full-backs. Without Beye in there we’re just not firing properly. Mind you, both Taylor (S) and Enrique are pretty useful in attack, so perhaps that’ll make up for it.

    I also think Ed makes a good point about Harper being involved in last year’s resurgence. I know it may sound a bit daft, but I really think he helps our attack far more than Given ever did, and fits the Newcastle style of play better as a result.

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #24

    Assuming Owen, Viduka, Smith, Cacapa and Geremi leave this summer, we will have cleared up approximately 300k a week in wages, which amounts to a massive 15m a year! We will also have made prob. about 4-5m in sales of Smith and Geremi (and Cacapa?).

    We could use the 4-5m to bring in Daniel Fox and Kyle Naughton, and we would have spent 0 pounds and cut wages by about 13m/year

    Our squad minus those players, plus Naughton and Fox:

    GK: Harper, Krul, Foster

    LB: Enrique, Fox
    RB: Beye, Naughton
    CB: Coloccini, Taylor, Bassong, Edgar

    LW: Jonas, Duff
    RW: Ryan Taylor, LuaLua
    CM: Nolan, Barton, Guthrie, Butt

    ST: Oba, Ameobi, Carroll, Løvenkrands, Xisco

    Technically speaking not terrible. I would like a lot more ins and outs than that, but it’s actually not a terrible team..

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #25

    Benny Benny Benny – such hostility towards us on here. Oh pathetic little man.

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  • Partizan

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #26

    AO….Martins is your worst nightmare hihihi.
    But i wanna tell you something honestly mate and i mean it…..I personally would’t want your team to go down cos its gonna be so boring without you guys next season.

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  • Whumpie

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #27

    Oh, for chrissakes! Can you not see that the majority of posts on this thread – like so many others – are bog-all to do with the subject?? Will you kids just feck off and knacker up someone else’s blog??

    And I just made it worse… dammit.

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  • Guinea Mag

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #28

    Can’t see us getting anything fr0m the Man Utd game but have a 50/50 chance of beating the likes of Everton and Arsenal. A point against Chelsea is a possibility if the team and fans are up for the game.

    The away games over the next 6 weeks are very important and if we beat the likes of Hull, Bolton, etc we’ll be safe…..

    See Alan Smith was playing defensive midfield yesterday for the reserves! Could be his best position as well as competition for Nicky Butt?

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  • Partizan

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #29

    AO….See if there’s any Leicester,Ipswich,Bristol City blogs you can log in….they will be your new friends next season HEHEHEHE 😉

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  • Whumpie

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #30

    Danish_Magpie – like you’re thinking, although I know nowt of Fox or Naughton. But this is the direction we’re going in, and I like it. Once we’re profitable we’ll see the transfer budget edge up and we’ll be challenging the top end again.

    It’ll take years, mind – but right now I’d take a few years of finishing a couple of places higher each season.

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #31

    http://www.geocities.com/uk_soaps/Pictures/Crossroads_Benny.jpg

    A photo of bennytool for all of you – the village idiot from crossroads !! 😀 lmfao

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #32

    Partizan<

    lmfao 😀

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  • ronaldeano

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #33

    LOL!!! 🙂

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #34

    Whumpie,

    We always tend to be in agreement. I think you are completely right, we need to build up from the basics. It will take time, but we’ve tried the “let’s bring in big names and hope for a quick-fix” approach and it’s worked terribly for us, and left us with over-paid and under-achieving ‘stars’. Look at Everton, sensible approach, their entire team cost the same as Robinho and they are a top-6 team year-in year-out.

    I wouldn’t mind if we swapped Duff plus 2m for McGeady, or Kieran Richardson, or a straight swap with Adam Johnson or something either, to further decrease the wage-budget. Similarly if players like Huddlestone are available on the cheap, pick them up (Spurs have like 9 CMs so maybe one will become available relatively inexpensively?). We have to be shrewd in the market, and make sure we pick the solid PL players like Nolan and Ryan Taylor, and combine it with players for the future like Fox and Naughton, to build a good solid (preferably but not exclusively) British based team.

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  • Partizan

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #35

    Born Again Geordie….Was that picture taken on a Formal Night or what …HAHAHA 😉

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  • Whumpie

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #36

    It’s also good to see Xisco not only playing for the reserves (I’d heard that he’d been refusing to before) but also scoring a couple of good goals. Perhaps he’s realised he’s going to be shipped out if he doesn’t buck up.

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #37

    Partizan,

    Wey I man – that is him in his best ‘bib and tucker’ LOL 🙂

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  • ronaldeano

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #38
  • batty

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #39

    does any 1 think OBA will be sold in summer i for one do

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #40

    ronaldeano,

    LOL funny as … that like 😀

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