Pardew Wants Top 8 Finish For Newcastle

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.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • jimmyxavi

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #1

    When is Ireland available?

  • Stuart

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #2

    aabout 2 weeks I reckon jimmy.

  • Spitfire

    Feb 14, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #3

    From Physio room :
    S Ameobi Fractured Cheekbone 19th Mar 11
    D Gosling Knee Injury 15th Feb 11
    S Taylor Hamstring Injury 15th Feb
    A Smith Ankle/Foot Injury Aug 11
    S Ireland Knee Injury 26th Feb 11
    R Taylor Ankle/Foot Injury 15th Feb
    H Ben Arfa Broken Leg 26th Feb 11

  • toonoholic

    Feb 14, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #4

    stuart, it was supposed to be 2 weeks from feb 1st. so isn’t it about time ?

  • dawid182

    Feb 14, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #5

    Spirtfire you are very clever, this is above here, on the site… onto the news I can say it only: amen

  • Spitfire

    Feb 14, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #6


  • toon_tomma

    Feb 14, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #7

    a just hope that jose does sign a new contract with us fair enuff he wants to wait until were safe but hope liverpool or man utd dont turn his head with a 90k a week please stay jose

  • Markaccus

    Feb 14, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #8

    Still wondering who’s going to put the ball in the net for us, even if we play as well as we did sat. Really anoys me seeing someone like sturridge, who we could have loaned, is banging them in for fun for bolton.

  • Brutooon

    Feb 14, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #9

    Collocini for Striker

  • MacToon

    Feb 14, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #10

    Get a top 8 finish so our better players are worth more £££.

    What’s the point! It’s been said before but we’ll never get anywhere with Ashley in control.

  • Markaccus

    Feb 14, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #11

    Brutoon, I can think of worse!
    Seriously though, I wonder if its worth pushing some of our stronger midfielders foward. Nolan is strong enough, and has done it for us before. Jonas has the strength to be worth a pop too, it might improve his finnishing! None of this can be worse than our current situation!

  • Sav

    Feb 14, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #12

    More to the point, How is Danny Simpson? With Routledge gone we need his raiding down the right. Everyone knows its our weaker side, especially when Joey has an under-par game like Saturday.

    Why was Routledge loaned out? Why don’t they stick Jonas there and give Shane Ferguson a chance to link up with Jose?

  • Brutooon

    Feb 14, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #13

    Markaccus, Nolan cannot play as a striker cos he better of as running from midfield (the free role)

    My best partnership would be BEST as lone striker, and with Ireland or Ben Arfa supporting him (after they both back from injured)

  • Markaccus

    Feb 14, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Which one would you play further foward tho, sav? They are both left backs by trade. Personally, enrique is strong defencively and offensively, but I’d rather have his solid play at the back and let fergie push forward.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 14, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #15

    You don’t get anything for coming 8th. 7th means european nights are back.

  • Markaccus

    Feb 14, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #16

    Brutoon, I agree that nolan is better as an AM. Was just throwing a few ideas around. I agree with the lone striker idea, because it let’s us play our stronger players ie the midfielders. I’d just like to see experimentation while we wait for arfa and ireland, who like playing in support striker roles.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 14, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #17

    the trouble with Nolan is unless he scores, he does very little. Doesn’t create anything and isn’t fit enough to get up and down like Tiote.
    No good playing off a main striker, usually only scores when we have 2 strikers in front of him.

  • NorseMag

    Feb 14, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #18

    Mactoon @ 10; That attitude is what will get us nowhere.

    You don’t want 8th because it will only make our players more valuable?

    So much for supporting the team.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Feb 14, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #19

    Just seen Pardew’s comments about Enrique sounds like he is trying to big him up saying he should be in the Spain squad. I wonder if he’s working on Ashley’s instructions to boost Enrique’s transfer fee in the summer. I don’t trust one word Pardew says.

  • ashington-geordie

    Feb 14, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #20

    Rotonda heights // Feb 14, 2011 at 1:12 PM 15

    ^That is a horrendous thing to say! why wouldn’t you want to finish eigth? Even though it’s not Europe, the higher the better.

  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 14, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #21

    We could have finished in the top 8 if the owner had any ambition. No strike threat and no serious spending to try for Europe means mediocre football. We will be stronger when Ben Arfa is fit and possibly Ireland (still not sure about him). However with Championship quality strikers top 8 is not possible this year. Pardew is just distracting us from the main problem – the owner who wants something (top 8) for nothing ie. little or no investment.

  • max

    Feb 14, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #22

    agree with mactoon


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