Pardew Looks For Win Against Everton After Well Deserved Point

It’s clear from the way the team played yesterday, that Newcastle will indeed try to win every single one of their remaining 10 league games.

John Carver and Alan Pardew yesterday

But whether they can climb the league table is another matter, and the game against Everton next Saturday, who are now just 3 points behind the Magpies with a game in hand, after easily beating a poor Sunderland side yesterday, is another question.

Unfortunately Everton are coming into some good form now, and are also starting to climb the table, so we think next Saturday could be even tougher than yesterday’s game.

We really needed those 3 points yesterday, to press our claim that Europe is still a possibility, but the Premier League teams are still very bunched from 7th place down to third bottom, with only 9 points separating 7th placed Bolton and third bottom WBA.

But it seems that manager Alan Pardew still thinks Newcastle are in with a decent chance of getting higher up in the league, but doesn’t even mention European qualification.

Newcastle have been unlucky for most of the season and in four of the games the lads have drawn this year – in 2011 – against Sunderland, Tottenham, Blackburn and Bolton, with a little luck in front of goal, Newcastle could have won those games.

But that’s water under the Tyne Bridge now of course.

This is what Alan Pardew said today:

“We had to take a point but it was a well-deserved point,” “In light of the fact I’ll have Stephen Ireland training on Monday and Shola Ameobi will be available for Everton, hopefully along with Joey back, it wasn’t a bad result. It was probably a fair reflection.”

“So we go to the next game and hopefully we can get ourselves a win that propels us up the league. It is congested – it is a tight league, but two or three wins can take you to a very nice place.”

It’s true that Newcastle’s squad will be significantly strengthened these next few weeks as good players return form injury, and it wouldn’t surprise us if Shola Ameobi and Leon Best start up front against Everton.

Steven Taylor could even be in with a chance at starting at right back, after he played there yesterday for the last 25 minutes and looked solid enough.

And every time we see young Nile Ranger in action,  he looks like Andy Carroll, only quicker and possibly more aggressive.

Nile is doing himself no harm in the way he’s playing for Newcastle these days, when he comes on as a sub, and the 6’2″ striker beat Jaaskelainen to a high cross in the second half, and headed the ball just wide.

That reminded us of Andy Carroll’s winning goal at the Emirates earlier in the season, when he out jumped the Arsenal goalkeeper, Lukasz Fabianski,  for the winning goal just before half time.

7th place can get Newcastle into Europe this season, but only if a top four side wins both domestic Cups, starting this afternoon with Arsenal playing Birmingham, so we have to hope for a Gunners win.

It was really surprising to us that two relegation fighting sides, West Ham and Birmingham made the semi-finals – but they both played their first teams in the competition.

Are you allowed to do that these days?

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 27, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #1

    just read the sunday sun – Pardew says –
    “I’m afraid no one’s unsaleable”
    “Newcastle still in the race for Europe”
    sources in France have indicated that tentative negotiations with Lille have begun as they seek to tie up a deal for £10m-rated Ivory Coast front man Gervinho. He is one of a six or seven striker targets that Pardew is currently looking at.

  • tdt

    Feb 27, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #2

    Next season we should also play our first team in the cups, because hopefully two or three new first teamers will be signed and a bunch of young stars of the future. that sort of depth would allow for it.

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 27, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #3

    I think we will see off everton 2-0
    I think it is obvious no none’s unsaleable – but at least we have it confirmed
    6-7 strikers including Gervinho! looks good to me
    race for europe? bullshit. I’m very pleased with progress and the prospects for next year – but its patronising to to fed this rubbish. we are average – which is an improvement and will be improved – I see europe and a cup in 2 years!

  • clinta2

    Feb 27, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #4

    Carroll again ed? lol! This season could of turned out a whole lot better for us with a bit more consistency and luck. Sadly, I think we’ve missed the boat for Europe, but of course, would love to be proven wrong.

  • stuckdownsouth

    Feb 27, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #5

    What impressed me with Pardew yesterday was after the sending off we were under the cosh, but he changed to a back 3, played 2 wing backs up almost as wide midfielders and 2 upfront.

    He will get some calls wrong, all managers do, but yesterday he got it spot on, so credit where credit is due.

  • Lee Dodd

    Feb 27, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #6

    Yea I Agree after Ryan Taylor Got Sent of He Got the tactics Spot On !! Well Done Alan Pardew. Bring On The Toffeeesssss !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Klatoon

    Feb 27, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #7

    tactics after sending off were spot on but I kinda wanted Simmo off with Jonas becoming th RWB. think about it :

    Staylor Willo Collo
    jonas Enrique

    Maybe we can even try it with 11 men still on the pitch against a hard top 4 team.
    If Ireland is in training on Monday,does that mean he could make the Everton game?

  • exscrew

    Feb 27, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #8

    His tactics nearly won us the game !


    Feb 27, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #9

    One of these games, i,m hoping Ranger can score his debut goal for the first team!

  • cgrizzly87

    Feb 27, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #10

    expat, Ranger has scored for the first team. I was there at Coventry last season when he got his maiden goal! Not sure if he has scored since like…


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