Newcastle have drawn four of their past five league matches, and of those we gave away injury time equalizers in two of the draws, and we were much the better side on Saturday at Blackburn.
Alan Pardew – top 8 finish is possible
There’s 6 points we could have had, with just a little bit of luck, and we’d be flying in the league right now in 7th position.
But of course that’s all woulda coulda shoulda, and it just didn’t happen.
But it does show that if Newcastle have a good run-in to the end of the season, when we will have players like Ben Arfa, Steven Taylor, Dan Gosling and Stephen Ireland available, it’s not impossible to finish in the top 10, which would be a great finish for Newcastle to a topsy turvy season.
Newcastle were defensively comfortable on Saturday, and looked a well organized and good side, and Newcastle dictated the game in the seocnd half.
Alan Pardew was upbeat about the performance if not the result:
“The mood of the team was obvious,” “They’re all pulling for each other and there’s a good feeling amongst the players.”
“The league is so tight that we need to make sure we get a couple of wins in our next three games.”
“If we do that, then I think we can play with a little bit more freedom to attack a top-eight position, which would be nice.”
José Enrique was simply superb on Saturday and he is out current Man of the Match with an amazing 78% on our poll on the home page, and he looked close to a world class player, and was easily the best player on the pitch.
Unfortunately Liverpool were watching him, and they will have seen an excellent performance from the 25 year-old Spaniard.
So we should brace ourselves for a big bid for Jose in the summer, although the £15M mentioned is hardly what the player is worth, and of course Manchester United are also said to be interested.
We need a win tomorrow night, and we’ll feel a lot more comfortable when Newcastle start to get the points they deserve from these very good performances.
But we are looking only for safety this season, and the sooner we get that, the better.