Newcastle Still To Play 7 Sides Below Them In The League


Steven Taylor is fit again after recovering from the hamstring strain he picked up in the 5-0 mauling of West Ham early this year.

Steven Taylor – in action against Chelsea

But it seems that Steven will have to content himself with being on the bench for the next game or two, with Coloccini and Williamson in fine form for the Magpies at the moment.

The 25 year-old Greenwich born England U21 International was a second-half substitute in last weekend’s 1-1 home draw with Bolton.

Steven came on at right back in a three man back-line, as manager Pardew played two of his 10 men up front, in an attempt to win the home game.

Steven talks today about beating any team around or below Newcastle in the league, during the run-in:

“We’re playing well and we’ve put some good results together,”  “We had a hard-fought win against Birmingham, and those are the teams we should be beating. ”

“Anybody below us or around us, we’re looking for a big result.”  “We want to get a bit of a gap going. We’ve got some big games coming up here, and this isn’t an easy place to come.”

“We have players coming back, like Stephen Ireland and Shola Ameobi, so it’s a good bonus for us.”

In the 10 remaining league games Newcastle play only three teams that are currently above them in the league – Manchester United at home, and Liverpool and Chelsea away.

And Newcastle still have to play Wolves, Birmingham and WBA at home and Blackpool away – and those are four sides that are currently in the bottom six in the league table – 12 points?

So if Steven is right we should be able to pick up quite a few points over the remainder of this season,  starting with 3 points against Everton on Saturday of course.

We’ll see how we do,  but it’s hardly a daunting last 10 games to be playing.

Comments welcome.



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11 comments so far

  • Stuart

    Mar 3, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #1

    Famous last words there Ed? haha.

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  • carrollsinger

    Mar 3, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #2

    48 points we will finish on

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  • Magforlife

    Mar 3, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #3

    What happened to taking it one game at a time ?
    Its going to take possibly 42 points to avoid relegation we dont have them yet !

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  • bojous

    Mar 3, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #4

    Now lets not assume that the 12 points are in the bag, this is still Newcastle United and we all know that things can go pear shaped in the blink of an eye.

    We are going to have to play as hard as we can in every game and hope that we get the results that we deserve, remember how luck can a part, not all results will go the way we want.

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  • Solaidback

    Mar 3, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #5

    Lets just hope that this post isnt the kiss of death & we start losing games or someones neck will truly be on the block thats for sure.. 😉

    As for the games we have, I actually think, the way the lads are playing, that home or away, we should be able to give any of the remaining 10 games a decent game, including the 3 big teams, as apart from Manc Usa in our 1st game of the season we’ve done very well against the top teams & apart from the Bolton game, we’ve not lost by more than 2 goals in the league so far, so thats good going imo.. 🙂 long may it last.. 🙂

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  • nufc_mad

    Mar 3, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #6

    i agree with magforlife, we should be taking each game one at a time, yes we maybe playing teams that are around or below us, but that certainly does not mean guaranteed points, this is a funny season this year anyone is beating anyone, look at wolves v man u, that is an example of how funny this league is this year.

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  • spanishtoon

    Mar 3, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #7

    This is all good and a good piece Ed to highlight that we really should be aiming high! lets go for it..

    on a lighter note…is mike ashley coming to his window again? http://www.nufcnews.com/?p=155

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Mar 3, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #8

    Sometimes the lowere teams are harder to play than the upper teams at this time of year. They are fighting for survival and sthe teams above are fighting for a placing in the mid table league!!

    I expect us to finish about 8th, but 1 point above relegation would suit me fine.

    Just keep putting in the performances and hopefully we will be looking forward rather than back 😉

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  • bigdan1980

    Mar 3, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #9

    i honestly dont think that sixth place is beyond us, and would like pardew or one of our players to just come out and say it, could instill confidence if all the players start to believe…i know i do. being the toon however there is always a chance that something negative nay be just around the corner…….i hope not HWTL!

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  • Spotlight Kid

    Mar 3, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #10

    “We want to get a bit of a gap going.” S.Taylor

    It’s already there, ST, it starts at your left ear and ends at your right…

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  • cupiddstunt

    Mar 4, 2011 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #11

    Record against the bottom half of the table,
    pl 14 w6 d4 l4 for22 against12

    Good goal diff but not exactly inspiring the win column is just edging it.

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