Newcastle Can Still Finish In Very Respectable League Position


Jonas Gutierrez has a good game for Newcastle yesterday, and scored the  goal of the game in injury time,   to give Newcastle an impressive 4-1 win against 3rd bottom Wolves.

Jonas Gutierrez – celebrating after scoring great goal

And Jonas believes that one more win should make Newcastle safe, and get the lads onto 42 points.

Newcastle are currently in 9th place on 39 points, but the bottom 14 clubs are separated by only a meager 10 points, so it’s still everything to play for as far as Newcastle are concerned.

This is what the 20 times capped Argentine International said after the game:

“We need a few more points and the quicker we can get them, the better.” “I think three points will be enough to give us another year in the Premier League, and then we will see where we are and where we can go.”

“But the most important thing now is to get to 42 points, which should keep us in the Premier League.” “We couldn’t afford to lose this game. We worked hard, we played good football, we did the right things, we scored many goals and we defended properly, so we are really happy with the whole team.

“It was really important because of the last nine games, we had won only one.” “The teams at the bottom of the table had come closer to us and we needed to win. At home, it’s important, so we really enjoyed the win.”

“I am happy about the result, not me scoring.” “It’s nice when that happens, but I wasn’t thinking about me scoring, I was thinking more about the three points which leave us in a good position now in the table.”

With a good run in the last 7 games of the season, Newcastle could still finish in a very respectable position in the league.

And of course, if Sunderland don’t win at Manchester City later this afternoon, Newcastle will stay above Sunderland in the league, with 31 games played.

It would be a big success if the Newcastle side could finish in the top 10, in their first season back in the big time, and that’s where Newcastle fans would  like to see the team from now on.

But of course just surviving this first season back in the big time,  has always been the number one priority for the Magpies this season, but a good position in the league will also help with the Newcastle recruiting in the summer.

Qualifying for Europe would be the next step, and that would be a good target for next season.

Alan Pardew has now been manager for 15 league games at Newcastle,  in which the lads have gained 20 points, which is not too bad, but not great either.

And finally, Jonas Gutierrez is currently third in our Man of the Match poll,  with Joey Barton leading with 43% of the vote, Coloccini second on 14%, and just  one vote ahead of his compatriot Jonas Gutierrez, who also has 14%.

You can vote on the home page for the Man of the Match, if you haven’t already done so, and just beneath that you can also now rate each of Newcastle players.

These will be in place after every game.

Comments welcome.



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66 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    Apr 3, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #1

    Focus on avoid relegation first

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  • Manx Magpie

    Apr 3, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #2

    goal of the game was lovenkrands.

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  • Thump

    Apr 3, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #3

    Goal of the game was Jonas. Lover came back from an offside position (which is supposed to be an illegal move nowadays).

    Such a sweet finish. Jonas should try and get into those positions more. He’s adapting to the league and the game very well and Messi’s words are starting to ring true – he is a very, very good player.

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  • Ghali

    Apr 3, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #4

    look down and you only reach what’s down..focus Europe and you reach it..worst case you avoid relegation..my Thursday nights are boring and could use some football on it

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  • boonarmy

    Apr 3, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #5

    off topic but im just watching blackpool. i think we can destroy them when we play them i think they have ran out of steam. imo i think there going down.

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  • Manx Magpie

    Apr 3, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #6

    sorry Thump but i still think it was Lovernkrands. Not the goal itself, but the build up play to it between Barton and Coloccini was just class.

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  • supermacnumber9

    Apr 3, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #7

    boater & sweendog @ shola
    less than 50 goals in 250 games for a CF who is 30 next season?

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  • GAZ09

    Apr 3, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #8

    Does anyone really know how many points are realistically needed to stay up? seeing as there is 21 still available

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Apr 3, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #9

    I like Shola, I think clubs need players like him. We aren’t going to find a Ben Arfa who’s willing to sit on the bench. I think the lads a great example to all the kids coming through the ranks. He’s been through everything with the club, from the San Siro to the fizzy pop. He’s not a 20 a season premier league striker, but these last two seasons his number of starts to goals can’t be too bad.

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  • Burni

    Apr 3, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #10

    I think the play leading up yo all the goals was class, top notch! Im quite glad there are some who saw that jonas had a good game like coz he did he REALLY put a shift in! I definitely reckon were safe now even if it’s boring draws all the way to the end….. Can’t wait to see what summer brings!

    Might sound like a silly question but any of use think MA will splash anything extra as well as the 35m coz he has done it before…… I know it’s probs not going to happen but what’s ur thoughts guys?

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  • Thump

    Apr 3, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #11

    Ah you mean the attacking game? Totally agree in that case. Beautiful piece of football.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 3, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #12

    Posted this on the previous blog then saw that you’d all moved on. So sorry there’s a bit of copy and paste here.

    Never done this before, but my team for Villa. What do you think?

    …………………….Harper……………………..

    Simpson..S Taylor..Williamson..Enrique (if fit)

    ….Jonas……Barton……Colo…….Ferguson

    ………………..Shola…….Nil Ranger………..

    As for us maybe being above Scumberland today. Have you compared our run ins Ed? And just to settle an argument. All the goals were great.

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  • Thump

    Apr 3, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #13

    I reckon he will burni. Don’t think he has a choice if I’m honest.

    Having said that, I’d sooner see surprise signings like Tiote – cheap and more than effective. There’s something very satisfying about finding gems like that.

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  • Thump

    Apr 3, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #14

    Don’t you dare settle that argument, GG! It’s a wonderful thing when you’re arguing about which was the best goal (as opposed to who is to blame for conceding).

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  • Burni

    Apr 3, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #15

    Thump I have to agree with the cheap but downright excellent signings like tiote….. I think a lot of people who come on here will be upset if we didn’t have at least messi or ronaldo comin in! I hope that MA does but won’t be surprised if he doesn’t unfortunately!

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Apr 3, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #16

    @Thump, it’s definitely rewarding. No one can ever believe that we got Tiote and Benny for under 10m.

    And the thing about Ashley opening his personal wallet, I’m not really sure that we need THAT many players. I think must realise that most of what’s got u through this season is the team spirit and the us against the world mentality that the lads have built up. And as the last 2 years have shown, that’s far more valuable than a throwing together a team of misfits from world over.

    Although I’m also aware that a 10m signing on 50k wages and bonuses for 5 years, and half the 35m’s gone 😉

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  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 3, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #17

    So game on. Howeh Citeh… !

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Apr 3, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #18

    Also, anyone watching the scum game? City playing a more attacking lineup than usual. Hoping for a demoralising massacre!

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  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 3, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #19

    I like how everyone is talking about Villa in the same vein as ourselves 2 seasons ago, that chilling echo ‘too good to go down’. They’ve got all the hallmarks we had.

    I hope we slam the coffin shut next week, then West Ham follow our lead and hammer it shut! 🙂

    I think we’ll win them. There’s always a penalty to draw from Dunne, he makes rash challenges very often.

    Early prediction – 2-1 Shola (pen), Wilo.

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  • dave 1961

    Apr 3, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #20

    Burni

    Mike Ashley has £125 sitting in the bank earmarked for stadium expansion, & hotel & casino so don’t think he will spend much if any on players. But the future will look good with all that extra income. & if it’s to the same plans that Freddy was working too it’s £300m project.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Apr 3, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #21

    Adam Johnson, brilliant team goal. And so the rout begins… I hope…

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  • dave 1961

    Apr 3, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #22

    the way forward now with the new squad system is kids as you can have as many under 21’s as you like.

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  • dave 1961

    Apr 3, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #23

    yes and up the villa (s**t creek that is).

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  • connor_nufc

    Apr 3, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #24

    2-0 city !!

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Apr 3, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #25

    Tevez penalty, number 2 😉

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  • Jammydodger

    Apr 3, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #26

    2-0 to citeh and not 15 mins into it, hope the mackems get thrashed

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Apr 3, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #27

    I love how we think we have striker issues, but the mackems haven’t scored a goal since February 12th :O

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  • Burni

    Apr 3, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #28

    Dave, didn’t know that re: stadium building plans…… Suppose that’d be aal reet! Like someone else said, I guess we probs won’t need TOO many more players

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  • boonarmy

    Apr 3, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #29

    toon down south i agree if its 1 thing were capable of its scoring goals. every 1 going on about buying 2 strikers in the summer is silly, we need 1 😀

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  • jimmymagpie

    Apr 3, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #30

    Pardew has already said that he won’t be spending anywhere near £35m in TRANSFER FEES. In today’s press, he is quoted as saying he is looking for one young striker for Ben Arfa to play off. Personally, I hope his shopping list includes one big strong centre half as we are very vulnerable to set pieces with the ball in the air, as shown again yesterday, and for me, a right back, because Simpson back pedals far too much for me, and he was blasted by Joey after the Wolves goal, which has been evident before this season against Spurs and Everton, amongst others.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Apr 3, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #31

    Yeah, assuming that we’ll be playing a 5 man midfield. I really believe Shola is perfect backup, purely because he is completely happy being backup. And we’re all still hoping Ranger develops a shot of course.

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  • boater

    Apr 3, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #32

    Supermac – that stat is completely meaningless. If shola was a poacher type of player it would be pretty average (still has approx. 1 goal in 3 starts in past 5 years). He’s not though, he’s a target man who offers the team balance and shape that we sorely lacked this season without him – or AC.

    Shola’s goal scoring ratio is actually favourable when compared toDoyle, C Cole, Heskey, Davies – all of whom are recognised Premiership target men.

    He has improved dramatically in terms of intelligent distribution and hold up play- meaning that even if his finishing is a bit iffy, he adds something vital to the team – especially with players like Nolan, Barton and Guti who all thrive on running into the spaces he creates.

    As ToonDoonSouth says – it’s all very well looking to replace him with superstar new players – and then expect them to be rotated or play second fiddle to Ben Arfa, Best or whoever else comes in. He’s accepted he won’t play every game when everyone’s fit – out of loyalty to the club… but then that gets misconstrued as lazy or mercenary so he can’t win.

    Shola bashing seems to be deeply ingrained in some folk which I find sad, like kicking the family dog. He still scores vital goals and has a massive part to play,,, even if next season it’s as one of number of striking options.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Apr 3, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #33

    Jimmy, who would you replace then? Willo generally looks very vunerable, but Colo has been class all season long, and I still think Taylor will be very good given time. Don’t forget he captained the England youth sides for a while. Also, Pardwho appears to have a lot of faith in him.

    Agree about Simpson, although his refusal to commit when he’s being run at is something that I’m sure could be worked on. Dunno if it’s worth replacing a youngster who’s constantly improving because of one flaw – Admittedly a flaw that’s single handedly cost us about 5 goals this season

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  • toonfan09

    Apr 3, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #34

    i think wilo has looked solid most games he has had maybe 1 or 2 bad performances but he wins pretty much everything in the air he managed to keep zigic off the ball in the air for full 90 mins i dont think he gets the credit he desrves sometimes he isnt outsanding but gets the job done

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  • jimmymagpie

    Apr 3, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #35

    Toondown south – I would replace Williamson, who to me is simply not good enough. Both Colo and Taylor have excellent points, but neither are the biggest or the most physical of players, and we need at least one in there, as Arsenal for example, are also finding out. The trouble is that Kadar is so injury prone he hardly ever plays, and as we all know Campbell is past his sell by date. To cover for injury and suspension we need 4 centre halves, so perhaps Tayls, Colo, one big bugger, and Willo as cover. I agree that Simpson has some good points but needs to do a lot of work with the coaches. I noticed yesterday that after both Carver and Pardew shouted to him, he was getting much closer to Jarvis.

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  • geoff777

    Apr 3, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #36

    A bit harsh on our young players.

    Simpson, Guthrie & Perch all give 100%.

    Hopefully next season they’ll be more consistent and only make 3 mistakes in 2790+ minutes of Premier League quality football.

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  • Andy

    Apr 3, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #37

    I think it is pretty harsh to dismiss Simpson after some of his performances. I agree he has weaknesses but considering this is his first full season in the Prem he has done very well. I’ve been converted by his performances this season as I was one of the ones screaming out for a good rb to be brought in to replace Simpson. with a good pre-season because i think he missed it last year? And a bit of work he could be potential england squad

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  • boztoon

    Apr 3, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #38

    One big bad cb that comes to mind is Samba the bloke is a monster and also very good defender

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Apr 3, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #39

    I don’t think it’s harsh about Simpson. As I said, he only really has one flaw, it’s just frustrating when he makes it again and again. He’s obviously quality, and I’m not entirely sure why United let him go so easily, as he’d hardly be BAD backup for them.

    And as for Guthrie, I’m a big fan. Noone really realises how young he is, but he’s of the same mould as Nolan and Joey. Really hard working, aggressive and gutsy, which I love to see in center mid. And last season his passing was absolutely class.

    Boztoon, Samba just signed a new contract, although we can just hope Blackburn go down and get him cheap 😉

    City 4-0 up, the sun is shining, it’s a beaautiful day 😀

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  • connor_nufc

    Apr 3, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #40

    4 nil to city haha mackems going dwn!!

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