Newcastle have a terrific opportunity to secure their safety in the premier League with a win this Sunday at Villa Park.
Alan Pardew – we need win or two draws
And without getting too far ahead of ourselves, Newcastle could even finish in 7th position, with a good run of results in the final 7 league games of the season.
Everton are currently in 7th position, and just a couple of points about the Magpies, so that seems the very best the lads could finish, unless of course they amassed 19 points from their last 7 league games, which is what Glenn Roeder did back in 2006.
In that season Glenn had taken over in early February from Graeme Souness and qualified Newcastle for Europe with a phenomenal late run of results, and without Alan Shearer for the last three games too.
If Newcastle could finish on 6 wins and a draw, they would amass a total of 58 points, and finish very high up the table, and it just so happens that’s the points total they finished on back in 2006.
Alan talked today about what he though it would take to be safe:
“I think another win or a couple of draws will probably be enough for us. The win over Wolves will go a long, long way to making us play without the pressure we were under going into last week.”
Anything but a defeat on Sunday would seem to be a decent result for the Magpies, but we’d just love to get the win because then Newcastle would be safe surely.
Alan was then asked if he thought the pressure had been lifted with that great win, when it rally mattered, against Wolves, and this is what the Londoner said:
“Only a little bit.” “You look down to the bottom area and seven points is a hell of a lot, especially when the bottom teams are as competitive as they are. There is work to be done to make that up on us.”
“We also have better goal difference.” “We knew what a big game it was last week.” “There were plenty of reminders because the table is so tight.”
Newcastle can afford no slip-ups at all on Sunday, and Villa have taken just a single point from their last four games, with defeats to Manchester City, Bolton and Wolves, so they are hardly in great form at the moment.
They have 6 wins, 5 draws and 4 defeats in their 15 home games at Villa Park, and their home form has been much better then their form away form home this season.