With Newcastle Still Not Safe – Forget About Europe

Steve Harper has put a dose of reality on Newcastle’s situation in the league table this morning, and is right when he says the job of staying up in the Premier League is still not complete.

Steve Harper – still work to be done

After Wolves drew 3-3 at home to Spurs yesterday and seemed to have a goal ruled out for nothing late in the game, Newcastle are still 6 points above the drop zone, but have dropped 4 points and 6 points behind Bolton and Liverpool respectively, who both won over the weekend.

Wolves visit St. James’ Park on 2nd April,  and they have the worst away record in the league with just one win, two draws and 11 defeats on their travels, so if we can’t get a win in that game then we could be dragged into the relegation fight.

Sunderland are just two points above us, so if we can overtake them, we’d be in 8th place, but we do expect Everton to move further up the table and maybe move above us too by the end of the season.

But a top half finish would still be great, and any more talk of European competition is probably just a pipe dream.

This is what Steve Harper said about the situation in the league today:

“It is so close this season,” “That’s why Saturday was a big opportunity for us. To be sitting on 39 points and to be in that top bracket, we’ve always known until we’ve got more points mathematically than the bottom three what could happen.”

“The job’s still there to be done. That very much remains the case.” “The bottom three are a little bit closer to us so there’s still a lot of work to be done in the last nine games.”

“We knew at the start of the season there would be highs and lows and difficult patches,” “People said at the start of the year it would be our home form that would keep us up but it’s not worked out like that. We’ve improved our away form immensely.”

“But we’ve got to get this monkey off our backs, not being able to win at 3 o’clock on a Saturday. It’s an incredible statistic and the longer it goes on, people are going to talk about it more and more.”

“It is only people outside the club who have ever assumed we would be okay from relegation,” “The players take nothing for granted and we’ve got nine games left to get as many points as possible.”

It was a big chance lost on Saturday, but it seemed like Newcastle just didn’t have enough class and creativity in the side to get that equalizing goal, which would have been good if only that it would have prevented a side lower than us in the league,  from  gaining three points on us at St. James’ Park.

Teams are supposed to do better at home than away, but our home form has not been too good at all this season, and in fact we’ve done better away from home than at home with 5 away wins but a meager four wins at home.

Next up is a tough game at Stoke City in two weeks, and that will not be too  easy either, but we  have to take something out of that game, and hopefully we’ll have both Jose Enrique and Joey Barton back fit by then to help us do that.

Steve Harper was our Man of the Match on Saturday with 38% of the vote,  and made some excellent saves to keep Newcastle in the game, and if you haven’t voted yet you can do so on the home page.

Comments always welcome, but please respect other readers’ opinions.

16 comments so far

  • daneevz

    Mar 7, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #1

    lol u gotta laugh everytime we lose its like “oh no we going to be relegated” but when we win its “bring on europe” theres no inbetween with this club!! personally i think we are safe there are 3 worse clubs than us this year all be it the “Ws” Wolves,Wigan,Westham but even blackpool cant see them gettin any points tonight. We all know when we get these key players back it be a different Nufc hopefully kick some as*!

  • daneevz

    Mar 7, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #2

    B.Munich make Gervinho there no1 target!

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Mar 7, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #3

    As I said in a previous post we Geordies are so up & down a win and we are going to beat the world, a lost & we are rubbish & doomed to be relegated. If we finish anywhere between 8th & 16th I think it will have been a decent season and if we finish above S*nderland then it will have been brilliant. I more concerned with who we will buy in the summer & who we will keep from our current squad.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Mar 7, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #4

    Sorry should be loss not lost

  • Sinner

    Mar 7, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #5

    I seriously doubt it would be West ham getting relegated!They are on a good run now!
    Wolves looks more and more dangerous!
    The only one now that seems sure to get relegated is Wigan.
    Its really unpredictable at this stage. 🙁

  • oldbobaycliffe

    Mar 7, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #6

    daneevz-west ham are on a bit of a roll,wolves were robbed yesterday and we have only won 4 games at home all season i think we are in a desperate position and will rely on teams below us losing rather than us winning.so i cant see there being 3 worse clubs and us being safe

  • Stuart

    Mar 7, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #7

    You can’t see 3 worse clubs? Then you must be as blind as Howard Webb.

    There’s no way we’re going to get relegated this season, we’re still 9th man. Like GG and that said, 1 loss and you all start to panic haha!

  • daneevz

    Mar 7, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #8

    um we beat westham twice this season 1 quite impressively so i klass them a worse side. also ur seeing these teams at full strength yet ours is so far from it we should be called InjuryUnitedFc. we will beat stoke and wolves and take 6 points next 2 games im sure of it.

  • daneevz

    Mar 7, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #9

    reports suggest this morning u gotta laugh we interested in shane long of reading

  • G

    Mar 7, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #10

    I think we are pretty safe from relegation, yes, I suppose it is mathematically possible, however, only if we allow our own form to suffer. AP has to man up this week and sort out his tactics, as on Saturday the result was on his onus. He needs to remotivate the players, as they were walking listlessly for most of the 2nd half. Also, talk of Europe is a stupid idea anyway, we still have a weaker squad than most, with no depth. We need at least another season of rebuilding with some more capable back up, and indeed a few new starting faces before we could contemplate a domestic campaign with a European campaign.

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 7, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #11

    but to be honest and realistic – if we get beat by wolves then we are in trouble and face a hard battle with few reserves!
    And we go to liverpool – anyone else remember what Denis Law did to manu?

  • The Power Ranger

    Mar 7, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #12

    Wigan, Birmingham, Blackburn, Wolves, West Brom, Fulham, West Ham, Blackpool, Stoke, possibly Villa this season. There you go, 10 teams that are worse than us.

  • nufc_mad

    Mar 7, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #13

    This weekend brought us back down to earth, which I worried that it would happen, although we are 9th we are far from being safe, i have said before that this is a funny season this year and it is still proving to be, i think the next 3 games will decide our fate, i’m not being pessimistic just being real.

  • Toon XI

    Mar 7, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #14

    We are in for a nervy ending to the season. The Birmingham and West Brom games in May will be huge. I believe we’ll survive, but not by much.

  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 7, 2011 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #15

    Surely the Wolves, Birmingham and West Brom home games are must wins. If we pick up another 2 or 3 points away that would give us 47 or 48 points and leave us well away from the relegation zone. I would even accept 42 points at a pinch. I think we could end up somewhere between 12th and 15th.

  • Nojdani

    Mar 8, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #16

    Steven Taylor was and is a liability. Worst on the pitch all day against Everton. IMO we should sell him ASAP.


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