Newcastle 5 Points From Relegation – 6 Points From Champions League

After giving away a couple of  poor goals against Blackburn last Wednesday night, the Newcastle side did everything expected of them on Saturday in defense. as they put in a very good shift.

Mike Williamson – another solid game for the Magpies on Saturday

Newcastle  have dropped to eighth in the Premier League but they are just one point out of 5th position, and are now  5  points above the relegation zone.

The other more positive way of thinking of it is that they’re only 6 points off a European Champions League position.

And that probably shows just how competitive the Premier league seems to be this season, with things seemingly having leveled off a bit between the top four or five teams and the rest of us – and that has to be good for the league.

With 18 points from 13 league games we have to be happy enough so far,  in how the Newcastle team have performed in the top flight, and if anything we could have had even more points, with a little more luck, but that will all even itself out be the end of the season.

And down to earth Chris Hughton also feels the season is progressing quite well for Newcastle, as he talked to the local Evening Chronicle today:

“You have to look at it over a season.” “At this stage to have 18 points and be in the position we are in,  is something we wouldn’t have expected.”

Fulham’s terrible league form away from home in the league of  24 successive games on the road without a win – now 25 games without a win – was a threat only if Newcastle became the first team to succumb to the Cottagers – but that was not to be – phew!

Chris was keen to get the defense performing a lot better after Wednesday night’s poor showing,  and  we were just a little surprised that neither Steven Taylor nor Sol Campbell were given an outing on Saturday – after all it was the 3rd game in just 6 days.

Chris continued:

“The clean sheet is a big positive for us.” “It was big because of what happened against Blackburn.”“You get to the stage in the game where it’s important you do not lose, particularly after being caught late on against Blackburn.”

“A point is so valuable in this division.”  “It’s a game when you could get caught on the break and end up losing.” “Certainly, the confidence has been boosted for the team defensively.”

A point may be valuable in the Premier League but there’s nothing like going all out for all 3 points, which we did on Saturday, and it’s hard to say that Chris doesn’t have Newcastle playing some good attacking football this season, as they seem to be turning into an improved side.

Where the lads will finish in the league this season is anybody’s guess, but if we stay where we are after the next 25 games, we could even be back in Europe, depending on who ends up as the winners of the two domestic cup competitions.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • toonman

    Nov 15, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #1

    35 point will keep us up this season. We will get more than 35 points especially with ben arfa and gosling

  • lesh

    Nov 15, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #2

    Am I missing something here when I say that surely we should be beating the likes of Fulham and maybe pinching a draw against the likes of ManU, Chelsea when we play at home?

    Draws are for away games and if we continue feeling satisfied with home draws, then there’s only one way we’re going and that’s down….. again!!

  • alex84

    Nov 15, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #3

    we have had a good start to season, we are not a top 4 team so to be 8th at at this point most people would of been happy with before the season started, some people need to get real and understand there no easy games home or away, and to be honest playing home is very difficult when teams come here with 5 at the back and park the bus, the progress over last season and this has been good, we are rebuilding it takes time! we are competing not getting smashed everyweek…look at west ham and wolves…oh and LIVERPOOL, were doing good, rant over!

  • cupiddstunt

    Nov 15, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #4

    Yep lesh I think you are missing something and that is a sound grip on reality,

    There are no easy games in the prem, west ham and wigan beat spuds, wolves beat man city, manure only managed a draw with Fulham. I could go on but it would probably be lost on you.

    I do not think we have played badly at all this season but have had some bad results but all in all I am more than happy with our performance and position.

    Yep you are missing something,

    It’s called grey matter.

  • max

    Nov 15, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #5

    what important is we must try to avoid from get straight loosing in any match.. at least we must get more than 5 point every month.. than, we can at least survive this season.. and get stronger next season..

  • lesh

    Nov 15, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #6

    Ouch Cupid @4….. That hurt!

    However, you’re wrong in your assertion that I’ve no grey matter.

    By the wonders of medical science, they were able to save half of the grey matter that wasn’t damaged in the years dealing with folk whose attmpt at humour is dubious to say the least…….. Oh dear, there’s another few brain cells wasted!!!

  • jesus was a geordie

    Nov 15, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #7

    lesh, I do have to agree with Cupid to an extent.

    We’re not the team we were, and we’re not back in the Premier League by playing like that.

    Remember back before Xmas, fans were frustrated with Hughton’s tactics, we were “too negative” but we were building steadily, picking up points (even if it was just the 1) and gaining confidence, as daylight started opening between us and mid-table, we started going for the wins more.

    That’s something Hughton is conscious of…Had we lost to Fulham (could easily have happened when they hit the bar) our confidence would’ve been in tatters. As it is, we’re 1 game unbeaten, may sound ridiculous but it’s a start, and that’s what we need.

    1 point and a hard fought draw is always better than 0 points and a dissapointing loss, no matter how many strikers we had on the pitch, or how many shots we had at their goal!

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 15, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #8

    It should be 21 points and we would have had 21 points if Citeh didn’t have Atkinson on their team.

  • i Toon

    Nov 15, 2010 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #9

    something got to be wrong with my maths Ed we got 18 pts and man city who is in 4th got 22 which is 4pts Ed not 6pts 😀

  • lesh

    Nov 16, 2010 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #10

    jesus was a geordie // Nov 15, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    ….. this site can only get better with the likes of you employing a civil tone to your posts. That can only encourage dialogue and one would hope that others could follow your example.

    No names of course but there are some who post here who detract from the spirit of the site.


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