Newcastle Must Have Good Chance Of Beating Bolton

Alan Pardew only focuses on the next game, and in football management, one of the toughest jobs imaginable,  that’s a great way to look at things.

Alan Pardew – concentrates only on next game
The most important game is the next one, and nothing else really matters, and the only focus is  how to win that next game.

And it’s really not worth even thinking too much about Europe other than trying to win every single game this season – and there are 11 reaming and 33 points to play for.   We are all aware in this very tight season in the PL that Newcastle could move into a potential European spot with a win, but we shouldn’t get  too carried away about that.

Good teams concentrate on each game as it comes, and one of the tings that has impressed us is that exactly how Alan operates, just like Chris Hughton before him.   Newcastle ‘s next game is in 9 days time and against Bolton Wanderers at home, who are having a very good season under impressive new manager Owen Coyle.

The good news is that Bolton are not the same side away from home that they are at the Reebok Stadium, and have only 2 wins and 4 draws in their 13 games on the road with 13 goals scored and 20 conceded.

So Newcastle must stand a very good chance of winning the game,  if we can keep scoring the goals, and 3 points will lift us above the Trotters in the league too.   Of course having said Bolton are not too good away from home,  they still managed to beat Wigan Athletic away 1-0 in the 4th round of the FA Cup, in front of a woeful crowd of just 7515.

And of course we are getting very close to Sunderland, so that should be a spur for the team to try to overtake Sunderland, who are now only 2 points above the Magpies with an inferior goal difference.

Alan Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today:

“For me I’ve always focused on the next game, and that is against Bolton.” “If we win it then we will go above Bolton in the table.”

“They are a side who are supposed to have had a fantastic season.”  ” So for a club that was only promoted last season, what does that do for us?”

“We go into the game on the back of a great performance at Birmingham and we’re looking forward to it.”

And we have to hope that two top four clubs this season will win the Carling Cup and  the FA Cup this season, because presumably that will free up another two spots in Europe.

Let’s hope so in any case, but it’s really in our own hands to have a great run-in to the season.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • BournemouthGeordie

    Feb 17, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #1


  • BournemouthGeordie

    Feb 17, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #2

    We will beat Bolton in our next game, Our style of play has improved since we last played them in that dismal 5-1n defeat. The boys will come good and will try push on for better things this season now for example European Spot

  • daneevz

    Feb 17, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #3

    huge bonus having two home games in a row but the lads have exceeded my expectations away from home this year solid all round effort well done.

  • nden85

    Feb 17, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #4

    think bolton will beat us. every time we put a few good results together and we start looking at the fixtures list and saying “we could really push on from here”, we then go and lose the next couple of games that really should be winnable.

    would happily take a draw against bolton.

  • boater

    Feb 17, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #5

    last time out Lee hammered jose down the right- only time this season he’s been done 1 on 1 over 90mins – hope we can get a handle on that this time round.

  • davcon22

    Feb 17, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #6

    #4 nden85 Mr Positive!!

  • mattyNUFC

    Feb 17, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #7

    this would be the strongest signal of intent from our guys that we’re ready for Europe

    I can’t call the game though. It’s gonna be tight but I really hope we can stop stuttering and pick up the three points. Moving into 8th, possibly 7th, would be the biggest moral boost of all this far into the season.


  • ScotchToon

    Feb 17, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #8

    Hopefully we can win….. would make my sons day! bringing him down to the game for his birthday so would really suck if we got nothing out of the game.
    I think the players will be up for some revenge for the 5-1 at the Rbk. would settle for a 2-0 for us.

  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 17, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #9

    Newcastle are impossible to predict this season. We have had amazing highs and lows. I’m sure their big strkers will try to dictate play again against Colo and Williamson, but with Tiote and Barton in there we have a good chance at home. Support the lads all the way!!!

  • BournemouthGeordie

    Feb 17, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #10

    I predict Newcastle to Win 3-0. The boys having something to prove from the return fixture.

  • henock1989

    Feb 17, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #11

    well its a draw, unless we score in the first half. our line up should be
    danny will colo bull
    joey nolan


  • henock1989

    Feb 17, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #12

    well its a draw, unless we score in the first half. our line up should be
    —-danny—- will ——– colo————- bull
    ………….joey…………………. nolan………………….


  • Visten

    Feb 18, 2011 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #13

    Bolton are cack right now, they had a blistering start to the season but they have slipped and we are playing much better football. If we can kepp Sturridge quiet we will win this game.

  • Graeme

    Feb 18, 2011 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #14

    Its a home game and we should be entitled to expect the 3 points – just depends which Toon team shows up!!

    If the team that turned out at Fulham arrive, we will have difficulty getting the point we started with – however, if the team that beat Luckypool, Brum turn up, we will take the three points we expect!! ‘Mon the TOOOOOOOOOON


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