Newcastle Get The Job Done Once Again

Chris Hughton has become a master at getting his side ready for each game, as it arrives.

Chris Hughton – gets another win – the 25th of the season

And today, while he played a number of players that hadn’t played for a while, including Joey Barton, Fabrice Pancrate and Alan Smith, the lads finally got the job done although Hughton had to replace the ineffective Pancrate with Wayne Routledge at half time.

Pancrate will not get many more chances on Tyneside, and it’s looking like the Frenchman will not win a new contract this summer.

And Joey Barton got his first goal of the season this afternoon, Nolan his 14th, and Shola Ameobi seems as red-hot as he was in August with his 10the goal in 10 starts.

And that’s his second goal in as many appearances since returning from his hamstring problems.  We may have to reconsider our opinion that he’ll move on this summer. 😀

And Chris Hughton seemed delighted at the result,  on a difficult pitch this afternoon, as he said after the game:

“It’s a case of job done. We came here to get three points and that is what we have done and we can now look forward to Sheffield United on Monday knowing exactly what we have do.”

The only thing now that can spoil the party on Monday night is that Newcastle don’t win against The Blades, although a draw will be good enough, but somehow we think the lads will win the game.

Newcastle are really promoted right now, since Nottingham Forest can only now equal Newcastle’s current points total of 86, and the Forest goal difference is 26 goals worse that Newcastle’s —-> 47 vs 21.

But a point officially will do it on Monday night and the partying can then begin – finally.

But then we’ll still need to beat Blackpool at home next Saturday, and Blackpool are pushing for a play-off place, since they are currently in 7th place, so that game will not be easy. If we win all our remaining 6 games we can get to 104 points – so a good challenge would now be to get to 100 points, at least.

But surely we’ll be better than some of the teams in the PL next season.  We mentioned mid-week how poor Burnley looked against Blackburn, who were not too much better, and at half time this afternoon Burnley are 5-0 down to Manchester City at half time – they look so hopeless and clueless.

Wallsend-born manager Brian Laws has a tough job to keep them up this season with the Turf Moor club second bottom and 3 points behind 3rd bottom Hull City, who finished last season one point ahead of Newcastle with a worse goal difference.

But there will be other sides that we should be better than next season – well here’s hoping – but certainly there is much work to do this summer in strengthening our squad significantly, for the battles that lie ahead next season.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • OHurley

    Apr 3, 2010 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #1


  • nuttyward

    Apr 3, 2010 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #2

    lets just njoy the moment and bask in the GLORY

  • Sav

    Apr 3, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #3

    I agree, enjoy the now.

    ‘Whese Keys Louise’ has been having another right go in the Guardian. (Mackems must be getting worried) but she does ask the Q’s at the back of all our minds (or that’s where we’re trying to push them) : Will CH be good enough in the Prem? Will Ashley sell up quickly or linger and even stick with the club? – If he sells, will another manager be brought in by a new owner? And if Ashley stays, will he invest enough to let Hughton establish NUFC as a Premiership force or will we be the yellowpack players again?

  • xfer

    Apr 4, 2010 at 5:45 AM

    Comment #4

    Shola is a back-up player at best.

  • alan shearer

    Apr 4, 2010 at 6:11 AM

    Comment #5

    shola back up player..still better than best..
    i wonder if phil brown is singing haha..its CH now to sing…!!!!!..we are certain to be promoted.


    Apr 4, 2010 at 6:38 AM

    Comment #6

    Shola is class saw that against forest,been out a while, but still has the confidence to try a shot with his weaker foot and scores,that’s not lucky fellas that instinct


    Apr 4, 2010 at 6:41 AM

    Comment #7

    Think shola would have scored 40 + goals if he had stayed fit this season.


    Apr 4, 2010 at 6:45 AM

    Comment #8

    If you fellas think we should sell shola, maybe you should go back to the forest game, and watch sholas reaction when jose scores,tells ya what it means to him.


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