Next Two Newcastle League Games Absolutely Crucial


There’s no doubt that our next two league games against lower league sides Wigan and West Ham could shape Newcastle’s season.

Shola Ameobi – good chance for Shola to shine

It has not gone unnoticed that Newcastle’s form since the amazing 1-0 win at Arsenal, which followed the 5-1 annihilation of Sunderland,  is less than good, with just one win and two draws in those last 8 games.

And we sliding down the table as a result of that.

Nobody really expected Newcastle to pick up points against the top sides like Tottenham and Manchester City, but we have to pick up points against the bottom 10 sides, something we haven’t been too good at so far this season.

We’ve already lost to Blackpool, Blackburn, Stoke, Bolton and West Brom and only drawn with Wolves, Wigan, Fulham.

So in those 8 games who would have thought Newcastle would pick up just 3 points?

But that’s been offset with wins at Arsenal and Everton for the first time in many seasons,  and a massive home win against Aston Villa and of course Sunderland.

Newcastle have a chance to correct some of their poor form against the lesser sides in the league with a trip to Wigan on Sunday followed by a home game against rock bottom West Ham.

And if we cannot beat West Ham at St. James’ Park next Wednesday night, and it’s no certainty by any means, then alarm bells could start to go odd at St. James’ Park.

The very bad news today is that Andy Carroll will probably miss both games but that’s been tempered just a little by the news that Shola Ameobi will be back.

So it’s a great opportunity for Shola to do well for his home town club after missing several games for Newcastle with his hamstring problems.

But these next two games are crucial games for the club – make no mistake about that – and we wouldn’t say at this stage they are mist win games.

But we cannot let these teams take too many points off us – and certainly not all three, because then we’ll be dragged right into the relegation quagmire, which so far in the fist half  of the season – we’ve pleasantly avoided.

Not that it did Chris Hughton any good.

Two defeats and the gloom and doom merchants will be back – and in full force.

We can just see the comment:

“I told you in  the summer we would go down – but you wouldn’t believe me  -I know I’m right .”

” I told  – I told you – we are doomed.”

I tell you – we’re going down – we’re going down – it’s absolutely certain now!!”

Well, you know what we mean. 😀

Things on Tyneside are never in between – they are either great and fantastic and everything is just wonderful – or the sky is completely falling in – something that new manager Alan Pardew will find out very quickly – if he hasn’t already.

But two wins in the next two games,  and we’ll be really flying high, and there will be huge sighs of relief on Tyneside.

That’s what we are hoping for!

Comments welcome.



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10 comments so far

  • balubas1

    Dec 31, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #1

    We are not doomed if we loose a couple of games, but the season will be bad. It will be yet another season of nervousness…

    The PL is so close this year.. it’s crazy. We have a very good chance of winning the next 3 games now. I hope we take it! 9 points in the bag.. people will be talking Europe again:) hehe

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 31, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #2

    Shola has a habit of getting goals when we are desperate. Bet if we had started with him on Sunday, May 24, 2009 instead of giving him 15 minutes, we would have stayed up.

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  • tom tomb

    Dec 31, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #3

    Hughton sacked – Carroll knacked- birthdays are bad news at SJP!

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  • moonraker

    Dec 31, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #4

    It comes to something when we a relying on Shola’s return to turn our fortunes around! Please get rid of him and sign someone half decent! Robbie Keane please!!!!

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  • carrollsinger

    Dec 31, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #5

    I wouldn’t mind keane for a season or two as long as he takes a pay cut start with ranger and shola on Sunday

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  • Toon1978

    Dec 31, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #6

    This is the best time for Nile Ranger to come in and bag himself a few goals. Ranger is a very good player but just needs to find the net a little more although his chances have be few and far betwee. CMON Ranger, show us what ya made of son lol!!!!!!!

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  • alkinou

    Dec 31, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #7

    I’m not feeling confident at all. Our only game plan up untill now seemed to be long balls to Carroll. We’ve got to be able to control the ball in the middle of the pitch and that won’t be easy seeing the last matches. But hey, we’re Newcastle we coud win 5-0C with a hat-trick from Perch so who knows.

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  • sweendog

    Dec 31, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #8

    Ameobi has won us games before .. he may look lazy but still one of our best strikers .. I was more worried about Enrique not playing .. we’ve got a good strong team .. hopefully barton can pull the strings alongside Nolan

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  • sweendog

    Dec 31, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Maybe a game for Best and Ameobi .. or Lovenkrands and Ameobi .. no point being negative as its a 6 pointer..

    Krul
    Simpson Collo Willo Bull
    Tiote
    Barton -Nolan – Guti
    Ameobi
    Lovenkrands

    Good positive attacking team there..

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  • HaZ-NUFC

    Dec 31, 2010 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #10

    @sweendog

    NILE RANGER

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