Newcastle Must Make Home Form Count During Run-In


Newcastle have six game left at home this season, and there’s no real reason that Newcastle couldn’t win all of them, with a little luck.

Owen Coyle – great job for Bolton so far

The home games left in order are against Bolton, Everton, Wolves, Manchester United, Birmingham and West Brom.

Only Bolton, currently by a single point, and Manchester United are currently above Newcastle in the league right now.

So if the lads can get anywhere near their best form, we could see another 18 points on the board, and that would almost certainly guarantee us a Europa League place next season.

But the thing to do is to take each game one at a time, and of course next up is Bolton Wanderers, and they are in good form at the moment, with three successive wins on the board and no goals conceded.

Jonas Gutierrez is looking for at least 4 points from the next two home games, as he said today:

“It is another big game for us and is going to be hard, but we’ve got these two games coming up at home which we have to take as many points as we can from,” “Six points would be perfect, but the next best thing is four, and it would be good to take those points.”

“We have to keep doing the same things that we have been over the last few games. We have to think it’s a good opportunity for us to move up in the table, so we have to take it like that.”

“There’s two games at home – Bolton first and then Everton – and we want a lot from them, because after that we are away which is always more difficult.”

Since a week last last Tuesday at Birmingham, Newcastle will play their next 3 games over a time frame of almost 6 weeks, which is good and bad news news – but on the positive side it does allow our injured players to recover without missing too many games.

Then starting on April 2nd we play our fianl 8 league games every weekend until the end of the season on May 22rd.

Jonas think the extra time since the Birmingham win is good so that players can recover from their knocks:.

“Yes it was good because we don’t have too many players at the moment because of injury,”

“So it’s better to not have many games at the moment when it is like this. We have had time to recover from our last match and that is a good thing for the team.”

It will be very interesting to see how many point Newcastle can get from their last 11 games of the season, and we would judge that maybe 18 points would be good enough to secure 7th place and a possible European place.

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6 comments so far

  • z4

    Feb 24, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #1

    is barton leavin newcastle in the summer?????

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  • nufc96

    Feb 24, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #2

    only if we get another 6 points from the next to games can we start talking about europe. l

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  • Davies

    Feb 24, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #3

    We can talk about Europe as much as we like, just like talking about signing Gervinho. Doesn’t make any difference until we know it’s happening. We do have to start looking at adding a serious number of bodies to the squad if a European place starts to look probable, rather than possible.

    Regarding Barton, he’s still in talks with the club, apparently. I don’t think he’ll go anywhere. Liverpool have been mentioned, but there’s no way Barton will go there (see his response to being called a Liverpudlian when he was interviewed after we gave them a 3-1 kicking in December!).

    Hopefully, they can reach some form of agreement. If he manages to avoid injury, he looks the type of player who’ll still be playing good football well into his mid-thirties.

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  • lesh

    Feb 24, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #4

    Mmmmm

    ….” Only Bolton, currently by a single point, and Manchester United are currently above Newcastle in the league right now.”

    Wow! It’s great to see we’re on track for the Champions League.

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  • cgrizzly87

    Feb 24, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #5

    learn to read less literally lesh

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  • henock1989

    Feb 24, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #6

    barton leaving…

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