Today’s game against Wolves at St. James Park is vitally important, but a win will ease many fears that are starting to grow on Tyneside regarding possible relegation.
Alan Pardew – knows the importance of today’s game
A win will take the club to 39 points, and 7 points above Wolves, but we suppose the most important thing is not to let Wolves gain any points on Newcastle, which they would do with a win of course.
And that’s what Newcastle have allowed in their last two games, against Everton and Stoke, and if we had won either one of those games there would have been no talk of relegation these last two weeks.
But it’s a bad time for Newcatsle to enter into any slump in form, so it’s important, at least in our home games, that we take maximum points from teams that are in the relegation zone. Today is one of those games.
Alan Pardew and the players are well aware of the importance of today’s game as Alan said today:
“I think players understand what is an important game,” “You cannot underplay a game like this, there is no point.”
“With 36 points and eight games left, normally you would be fairly comfortable, but the fact that the third-bottom team Wolves has 32 means there is more pressure on this game.”
“We all understand the significance of this match, but the pressure on the players is a healthy pressure.” “I have no problems telling it as it is. We have to focus 100% to get it right.”
“The whole club knows how important this fixture is. We do not want to get dragged into any trouble. We have to pull ourselves away from it and these are the important games.”
“The win at Birmingham gave us some breathing space and if we win this one, it will do the same.” “It is vital. We do not want Wolves clawing any points back on us.”
One way to look at the Premier League table is that the bottom 10 sides are separated by just 6 points, with Newcastle 10th bottom (11th top) on 36 points, and Wigan bottom on 30 points.
If Newcastle are to get into a relegation scrap, a huge advantage for the Newcastle side will be the goal difference, and ours is better than most of the sides, at -1 at the moment, with other teams in the teens negatively.
But just like Sunderland, who have gone 5 defeats and a draw in their last six games, Newcatsle have had a bad run of 1 point from the last 3 games, and have allowed lower placed teams to gain on them.
We have to hope that run does not continue today, and the lads can get their second win in the last 11 games.
And a win will be one to savor, and of course will take us above Sunderland, who are at Manchester City tomorrow.
Howay The Lads!!