With Newcastle handily placed in the league in 9th position currently, and only 2 points off 7th place, there is certainly a feel-good factor surrounding the club.
Alan Pardew – Newcastle on verge of something exciting
Maybe it’s because it seems we will indeed avoid relegation with 35 points which is 8 points above the third bottom side, and a much superior goal difference, and only 11 games to go, and we’ve never been involved at all in the relegation struggle.
All Newcastle fans wanted this season was to stay in the Premier League, and then the club could build up the squad further this summer.
But with two big hiccups this season, in Chris Hughton being fired, and Andy Carroll being sold, it did impact the lads and certainly the fans.
The impact of Carroll leaving was seen clearly in the Fulham 1-0 defeat at Craven Cottage, and in the first half 4-0 home drubbing at the hands of Arsenal just over two weeks ago.
But then that miraculous second half comeback wiped away the disappointment of losing one of our own, and the lads have done great in their two away games at Blackburn and Birmingham, and are now well placed in the league.
Alan Pardew is now appealing to the great Newcastle supporters to recreate the fantastic second-half atmosphere against Arsenal that helped Newcastle to the greatest ever comeback — according to the TV commentators – when they miraculously clawed their way back to 4-4 Arsenal, and could have even won the game.
It just so happens that was the last home game at St. James’ Park, when over 51,000 fans turned up.
This is Alan’s appeal today:
“The game is pivotal,” “It is pivotal because we won an away game which gave us five away wins – the best in the league – but now we need to improve our home form. We’ve got games now where we have the opportunity to do that.”
“Bolton is a big, big game even though many will view it is as a game between two mid-table sides. But they will be in the same mood as us. This game is pivotal in terms of attacking the top ten.”
“If we win this we can attack the top ten – if we don’t win this game then we’ve lost a big opportunity and the opportunity might be Europe.”
“We’re on the verge of something exciting – these two games will decide whether we’ve got something to go for or we’re going to have a season where we’re just seeing things out. I don’t want that to happen.
“This Bolton game is to keep the season alive – and I think we need the help of the fans to do that.”
Newcastle’s 5 away wins is not the best in the league, with Arsenal on 7, and Manchester City and Tottenham on 6 and Chelsea also on 5 – but it’s up there with the best of them – that’s very true.
Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands have done very well for the club, since they have been thrust into the limelight following Andy’s departure and Shola Ameobi’s cheekbone fracture.
These two lads deserve enormous credit for what they have done so far, and we hope they will continue their good work, and they certainly deserve every encouragement from the Newcastle fans.
And it seems that Shola Ameobi will return for the game following Bolton – the home game against Everton – so hopefully that will give time for the cheekbone to heal a little, and Shola will also have become accustomed to playing in his newly fitted face mask.
But there’s no doubt that if Newcastle can play near their best for the last 11 game of the season, we could finish higher up in the league, than we ever expected this season.
Howay The Lads!!