Newcastle Now Above Wigan, Blackpool And Stoke

After Manchester United’ 2-1 win at the Britannia Stadium today, Newcastle remain in 9th position in the Premier League.

Chris Hughton – must now overcome poor home form

Newcastle will drop to 10th place, only if  Blackburn beat Liverpool at Anfield this afternoon.

And because of Newcastle’s  good away form, they have now managed to overtake the three teams we got just one point from at  St. James’ Park, in the last three home league games – Blackpool, Stoke City and Wigan Athletic. Those three teams are all on 10 points now, one point behind Newcastle,  following defeats for Stoke and Blackpool this weekend, and Wigan managing  just a draw at home to  Bolton Wanderers.

The great 2-1 win yesterday at West Ham has allowed the team to get to 11 points from their first 9 league games, and stay above the relegation fray, and now Chris Hudghton will be wanting to restore some semblance of good form at home in the next two games at St. James’ Park against Arsenal and Sunderland this coming week.

And what better team to get out second home league win of the season, than against Sunderland next Sunday afternoon, in another game being televised live around the world.

The lads should come out of the starting blocks like a steam train in that game, since Sunderland are not too good away from the Stadium of Light, with just three draws in their four away games this season.

And for once we may even get a good start against the Black Cats, after we are making too much of a habit of going a goal down to the opposition these last few weeks.

Another league win next Sunday and the team should be a lot more confident of being able to hold their own in the Premier League this season, with a possible 14 points from their first 10 games, but we just have to start beating teams at home who will finish in the bottom half of the table.

And that list must include Sunderland – of course.

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • Captain Beefheart

    Oct 24, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #1

    So What, Ed..?

    We blew 8 crucial (absolutely bankable) home points against these clubs and still have to face them away. It makes no difference whatsoever at this point who is above who – only on the last day of the season. You cannot disguise the fact that we have failed to return the 9 home points we needed to avoid the end of season relegation free-for-all.

    Face it, West Ham are pants, and yesterday’s win does not turn the season around. It was the least we could have expected until we dial back into reality probably after we lose to the mackems (with Perch we’ll lose any game he is selected anyway).

    I’ve been pointing how vulnerable we are down the right since from last season & up to the Rangers game, finally CH puts some solidity back. And now for me to admit Simpson is better than the alternative doesn’t say much for our Summer spending regime or strength in depth.

    Currently we play like a crew bailing out a ship holed under the waterline rather than steering a course, and until that hole on the right hand side is fixed once and for all expect a torrid season.

    Problem wih CH is he cannot admit he miscalculated with certain signings (Best, Perch, Routledge & Simpson) that will NEVER be Prem class in a month of Sundays. FFS, Chris, own up (we’ll forgive you) and ship ’em out in January, or keelhaul ’em, or make ’em walk the bloomin’ plank!!

  • CT

    Oct 24, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #2

    Beefy, WE all can see the right side is our problem, could be solved soon with the Taylors, Steve at RB, Ryan RM. That should strengthen plus provide better service into the middle.

  • Bucks mag

    Oct 24, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #3

    Captain Beefheart – chill out

  • Turkish Magpie

    Oct 24, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #4

    The problem Chris faces is that we really struggle on the right side. Perch and Simpson just aren’t capable of filling the RB spot and with STaylor a CB and mostly injured and for some reason he doesn’t like RTaylor. Then in RM he always seems to resort to playing people out of position over the Championship class Routledge.Even Xisco was tried there.

    The problem we have is that we have to many good CM’s fighting it out for 2 or 3 places.

    We have:


    All of the above with maybe the exception of Smith and Vuckic would walk into any Prem team (except Man C, Man U, Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs)

    So the problem is, what does Hughton do?

    It is clear we need to sign a GOOD RB ASAP and this should be our main priority say 4mil +

    Then the return of Ben Arfa (and permanant signing!) will help, but we need backup and i think this is why we should keep LuaLua.

    This is a good Prem squad and should keep us up. However we need crucial additions in order to begin establishing our selves in the Prem and even aiming for Europe again.

    ????? = new (QUALITY) signing

    GK: Harper, Krul
    RB: ?????, Simpson
    CB: Coloccini, STaylor
    CB: Williamson, Kadar
    LB: Enrique, Ferguson
    RM: Ben Arfa, ?????/Routledge
    CM: Tiote, Nolan, Vuckic
    CM: Barton, Guthrie, Gosling
    LM: Jonas, ?????
    ST: Carroll, Ranger
    ST: ?????, Ameobi/Lovenkrands

  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 24, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #5

    Bloody hell Captain Beefheart you’re a bit depressing today init. I agree that our right side is our weak link. I can’t wait to see S.Taylor at RB and R.Taylor play RM together. They should do a much better job for sure. I don’t think Chris has to admit he got anything wrong as it clearly is too early to judge. Routledge is trying his luck in the prem, as is Perch and Simpson. So is Best but he’s been out injured and therefore has to wait his turn. I must admit though I haven’t been to impressed with them but Simpson is improving. Also what good will it do if CH went public saying he got it wrong with them. That would just completely ruin the team morale. I have absolute faith in CH and his judgment as been proven by other great signings like, Tiote and Ben Arfa for example. No doubt he has made a mental note of each players progress and seeing if they deserve to stay at this magnificent club.

  • neeraj

    Oct 24, 2010 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #6

    Heights of frustration: We have started to find out excuse for our victories…..

  • BeeGuy

    Oct 24, 2010 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #7

    You negativity lads need to keep in mind NUFC made most purchases last season for the purpose of promotion. Many said some of the nw boys would move on once NUFC was back in the prem. And so they will be if they don’t step up theior games. Look for a purchase or two inn January.

    Meanwhile, you can’t make too many changes at one time. Look how a well settled Arsenal bossed around all-star Manc. Players working together makes a world of difference. And the Gunners have been doing that together for quite some time. Manc is just a collection of parts right now, in time they may jell & be what many think they were purchased to be.

  • branunited

    Oct 24, 2010 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #8

    I leave the link to a page in Spanish names all the players, contract ending next summer, hopefully there way to send this to Hughton, including 2 young players found the ending contraro newcastle, SHANE FERGUSON AND RYAN Donaldson.
    there are many very good players, including: SIMAO, HUGO ALMEIDA, Philippe Mexes, Afellay, Ivan Rakitic, Miroslav Klose, Van Bommel, JULIO ARCA, Helder Postiga, Taye Taiwo, among others, is very good watch it, not 100% reliable but wrong by 2%. Hughton hopefully take this information and can provide more quality than we already have on your computer.


  • jamiemt

    Oct 24, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #9

    simpson had a good game against west ham imo and barton can do a job at RM for now 😀

  • Robby Bobson

    Oct 24, 2010 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #10

    Everyone would have taken 9th after 9 games.

    If we keep this rate up we should be well clear as teams seem to be going down with quite abit less than 40 points.

    So Captain Beefheart, you say we dropped these points, but we beat villa which didnt see coming, beat everton away which we didnt see coming, probably west ham away was potentially a tough game.

    Also we have dominated man city at city. We are a new team and i think we have done brilliantly.

  • CT

    Oct 24, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #11

    BeeGuy @7, got it rite, KK when we last got promoted ditched Ned, Killer,Gav etc. Give HOOTS time, consolidate n let our youth shine thr`o.

  • Thump

    Oct 24, 2010 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #12

    I had Mexes in my squad on FM10 and bought Almeida on the FM11 demo. Nearly all of my signings on FM10 have came to the EPL (Tal Ben-Haim, Hatem Ben Arfa, David Silva etc.) which is obviously a sixth sense.

    What I’m saying is I think I’m the new craigcoozy.

  • baro

    Oct 24, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #13

    We really can’t be behind those teams. Its very important that we keep our heads up and keep winning

  • judz1991

    Oct 24, 2010 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #14

    beefheart your talking out your arse mate, this team is so much better than the team from 2 years ago, there may be of been better individuals 2 years ago, but look were individuals got us, obviously this season is going to be a fight, and anywhere above relegation at end of season is a success. on the bbc league predictor after 9 games i had us down as being on 9 points 2 wins 3 draws and 4 losses, so the fact were exceeding that has me delighted. the 2 wins i had down were against blackpool and wigan so yes worrying that weve not won them games but to be fair we’ve bossed both them games but defensive mistakes and failing to deal with counter attacks when pushing on have cost us, but none of our losses or draws have been like 2 seasons ago were we just laid down hoofed the ball forward and gave up.
    ps, tiote what a revelation for 3 mil, to think yaya cost city 30, 10x that of tiote

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 24, 2010 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #15

    Well said Robby Bobson. Captain Beefheart, get your antidepressants out.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Oct 24, 2010 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #16

    Did anyone notice Hughton didn’t make any subs yesterday?

    I found it strange

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 24, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #17

    Turkish Magpie , Why? no injuries, all playing well and a game on Wednesday.

  • sweendog

    Oct 24, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #18

    see theres talk of Jonathan Legear to newcastle .. can’t see it myself..

  • Solaidback

    Oct 24, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #19

    Beefy mate, you really need to chill… the problem with us fans is, we think we know better than the managers who’ve been in this game at all levels since they left school, so yes it’s your opinion but as I see it, if you were any good at managing a PL team, you’d be doing it, not complaining about it from your PC….

    As they say, those that can, do, those that can’t preach…. lol

    Btw, I agree we need better players on the right side but what is the point in spending millions on them only to get relegated at the end of the season again & have to let them go or get into debt from their wage demands!!! This season is survival first & foremost, once we’ve got that, the CH can upgrade our team as he see’s fit, so take your foot off head & let him breathe….. 🙂

  • sweendog

    Oct 24, 2010 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #20

    branunited .. some class there .. if we’re still in the premiership next year then maybe a good chance of 1 or 2 of those.

    Afellay, Ivan Rakitic, Miroslav Klose, Taye Taiwo, would be my pick..

  • colwell

    Oct 24, 2010 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #21

    TIOTE! what a player bossed the midfield yesterday.
    very quick as well when obinna ran down the left wing did you see the way tiote knew he`d get there quicker more or less jumping as he was running taking the mick so obinna smashed into him free kick us. Well done boys

  • balubas1

    Oct 24, 2010 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #22

    some depressive comments here…

    reminds me of that guy or girl you go to the movies with that constantly complain what shit movie it is… I usually say “just take it for what it is, and try to enjoy it… we’re here anyways”…

    so we are Newcastle fans aren’t we? Take it for what it is and try to enjoy it. We WON yesterday for christ sake..

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 24, 2010 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #23

    its all good man wa guna beat the mackems and we’l be right back on track to set a new home record ha 🙂 dont worry lads its only 8 or 9 games in and we are 9th whys everyone being so negative about it, atleast we aint in the bottom 3…

  • sweendog

    Oct 24, 2010 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #24

    GeordieToon89 .. agreed hughton to play 4-4-2 like yesterday against the mackems .. we’ll win it for sure .. as long as its not 4-5-1 at home ..

  • Thump

    Oct 24, 2010 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #25

    lol a mackem on my Facebook claimed they were going to win 10-0. Silly bastard.

    If we play 4-5-1 against the mackems we might scrape a draw, but we need firepower up front.

    As for why no subs – we need players for Wednesday and then Sunday. Keep as much energy in the squad as possible.

  • Spuggy

    Oct 24, 2010 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #26

    S Taylor at RB could be a good punt, hows the injury front?

    The team is still gelling, give it time. We need a quality striker, premiership proven if possible and that the missing key. With Arfa back we’re sorted, just need to bank enough points for 4-5 months, I would say an average of 5 from every three games if possible.

  • Spuggy

    Oct 24, 2010 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #27

    And as for the Perch, Simpson, R Taylor dilema… I am gonna mention one special player that we all know and love….

    …..Enrique, remember him, couldn’t get in the squad and had a very shakey start to premiership life for months and now look at him.

    Keep the faith!

  • Sav

    Oct 24, 2010 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #28

    As for our weak right hand side, barton gave Guthrie an object lesson in adapting to a wide position yesterday. Superb job.

  • Thump

    Oct 25, 2010 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #29

    Superb? Like hell he was. He drifted in way too often and basically gave West Ham a reason to run down that channel. Yeah he got an assist but he spent most of the time in the central areas.

    Food for thought.

  • Brutooon

    Oct 25, 2010 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #30

    the reason we win is that west ham was crap

    they are good in the first 30 mins, but after that we dominate


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