Newcastle Target Must Be To Win The League

Steve Harper has said today that he wants the Newcastle side to keep fighting until the very last game of the season, and the lads cannot let up at all.

Steve Harper – no let up until the end of the season

Steve Harper said today:

“We’re really looking forward to the Forest game. They won again last week and they would have hoped the gap would be down to seven points by the time we play them at St James’ Park.”

“But we’ve kept it at ten and we have a game in hand so it was a big win for us at Doncaster.”

“I’m sure we’ll have a huge crowd on Monday night roaring us on because if we win that game, we really will be in pole position in terms of promotion.”

“It would be nice to get up to capacity at St James’ Park.” We’ve been up in the mid-forties a lot, but to get over 50,000 backing us that night would be brilliant. This is a decisive game for us.”

Harper wants his team-mates to keep going right until the end of the season, and after so much work and effort that has gone into the first 38 games of the season, that’s only right.

It’s daft to let up now, and in any case the goal is not only to be promoted but to be promoted as Coca Cola Championship Champions – just like we were in 1993 under Kevin Keegan.

Steve continued:

“If we were to beat Forest we’d be in a great position, but until it is mathematically impossible for them to catch us we won’t rest easy,”

“We won’t be taking our foot off the pedal. They’ve had a really good season and have beaten us at their place so they will be difficult opponents.”

“They will come up to our place with nothing to lose and we are under no illusions as to how tough that game will be.” Having said that, it’s one we are excited about.”

So the target for a really successful season for Newcastle is to finish number one in the league.

And that may not be as easy as we think because WBA are on a hot winning streak of five games at the moment.

We’ll just have to hope that Reading are in their best form at home today, and can dent WBA’s current winning streak.

Indeed,  if WBA can win this afternoon, they will be on 81 points, one point more than Newcastle, although the Magpies will still have two games in hand.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Captain Beefheart

    Mar 27, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #1

    ‘It’s daft to let up now, and in any case the goal is not only to be promoted but to be promoted as Coca Cola Championship Champions.’

    Hear, hear!

  • magpie6699

    Mar 27, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #2

    The target must be to win each game as it comes. However, I would be more than happy with automatic promotion and much less bothered about the title.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Mar 27, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #3

    We MUST learn to overcome our collective fear of wanting to win something or we will never win anything again… First test, let’s win the bloody Fizzy just to show we can. What’s the point of being second all the time?

  • magpie6699

    Mar 27, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #4

    In this situation it’s better than third! Personally I can’t relax until promotion is assured – it’s crucial for the future of the club.

  • jimiley

    Mar 27, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #5

    We can win this league. In a way, we have to win it. Its nice to be champions of something because I cannot see us ever winning the Premiership although the new UEFA ruling is a help. A proper owner would be a massive boost. Remember that it is CH who has done a great job and saved the fat man from total ridicule. The owner has given him virtually nothing to work with. The owner is still the biggest plonker in the history of NUFC

  • skiptoon

    Mar 27, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #6

    Once we know we’ll be promoted the most important thing becomes preparing for next season. If Hughton has any doubts over the current crop then I’d prefer to see him give them a runout. If he already knows who he wants to retain then go for the title.
    This summer might be hard one – will the club be up for sale, signing new players will be difficult with the world cup dominating the summer.
    The best thing for me would to see Ashley say he’s not selling, extend Hughton’s contract and then bring in a couple of new first choice players before the world cup starts. That stability would make for a nice change going into the start of next year.

  • pubcat

    Mar 27, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #7

    If we do go up, I don’t mind if we finish first or second. What I would like to see if we could get promotion secured with still a few games remaining, is give two or three young players more experience. If we know we’re up with, say, two games to go, maybe give Donaldson two full games, for example, and players like Airey and Tavernier etc a couple of ten minute showings. Plus a couple of full games more for Ranger (but still play most of the experienced stars too).

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 27, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #8

    winning the league has to be priority, 🙂

    it gives you a fell good factor for the start of the prem,, i would hate to think they where in pole position for so long ,, only to fall this late in the game,,

    iv no dout in my mind we will be premoted,, but winning the leaugue is what i want,,

    win it as soon as we can,, give the kids the feeling that theyv done it,, it will be good for the whole squad, city 🙂

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 27, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #9

    oooopppss lol feel good


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