There Must Be No Slip-Ups On Sunday

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.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Markaccus

    Apr 8, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #1

    Don’t expect 19 points, but maybe 10 is possible for us. Beat villa, bham at home, and a now struggling bpool away, and one draw. Owt else is a bonus.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 8, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #2


  • Markaccus

    Apr 8, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #3

    Forgot we have wbrom at home too, should get something from that.

  • beefman13

    Apr 8, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #4

    There is a ton of pressure on villa 2moro, av still got the niggle for us about central midfield, i am repeating myself a bit in my posts but guthrie is a big worry for me, if tiote was back i would be really positive for this one, i would actually take a point beacuse of it, colo would be ideal to sit there mopping up in front of willy and s.taylor, i will add i dont like holding type players but colo would carry the ball out of defence and have the confidence to do that, we would be so much more solid looking but pardew will keep faith for now with guthrie so i hope the lad comes through.

  • john DSOUZA

    Apr 8, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #5

    Villa 0-2 newcastle

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 8, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #6

    Houllier willbe sacked after tomorrows game.

  • daneevz

    Apr 8, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #7

    be a hard game Sun i know Villa stuggling but they got some really good players ie. Bent,Downing,Young they got a weak defence which we need to exploit but with our weaker team think we’ll find it difficult.

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 8, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #8

    *Sunday’s :/

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 8, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #9

    6 wins and a draw! It’s nice to be optimistic Ed but that is delusional. If we get 2 wins and 2 draws to finish with 47 points I would be ecstatic. After some of our mis-adventures at home, this would be a major accomplishment. We are down to 2 experienced strikers plus Ranger who hasn’t scored a single goal yet and as usual at this time of year the injury ward is full. We also have hangers-on picking up wages for doing little or nothing (fill in your own list here). If Pardew comes through for us in the summer with a few key signings (no dross mind) then we should be able to improve our position in the table next year. All the best for the game on Sunday!

  • branunited

    Apr 8, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #10

    descents by losse againts aston villa, winning the day sunday, will to aston villa near the relegation, how ironic it is soccer.

    newcastle 3 (lovenkrands, barton, vuckic or ranger)

    aston villa 1


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