Newcastle Now Safe But Blackpool Not Safe – Yet

Blackpool outplayed Newcastle for large portions of the game yesterday, especially in the second half.

Alan Pardew – thinks Newcastle are now safe

And Newcastle looked a different team than that which gave the Red Devils such a struggle last Tuesday night – but that’s Newcastle for you this season.

One game and they look great and the next game they look hopeless, and that’s a problem Alan Pardew should try to sort out over the next four games.

Newcastle can still end up in the top half of the table, but it’s now getting very close with the six teams beneath Newcastle separated by just three points.

The good news is that nearly all the other games went Newcastle’s way yesterday, and Newcastle are now 7 points above the drop zone, and really 8 because of our superior goal  difference with only 12 points to play for.

Newcastle were not all hopeless yesterday, to be fair, and it was another great defensive performance that allowed the lads to hang onto the point, with goalkeeper Tim Krul again outstanding.

Tim is leading our Man of the Match poll with 49% of the votes on our home page.

Peter Lovenkrands had put Newcastle ahead after just 17 minutes, but then DJ Campbell scored after 32 minutes with a disputed goal, that didn’t look to be clearly over the line, and then Blackpool were the better side for most of the rest of the game.

Alan Pardew is hoping the Tangerines can stay in England’s top division:

“There’s a big part of me that wants them to stay up for their integrity, honesty and work ethic,””They gave us a real test.”

“I thought they were better than they were against Wigan, better balanced, passed it better, and their intensity was higher.”

“If they can take that into the last four, against anybody, that should be enough to see them through.”

Blackpool will have a decent chance of staying up if they continue to play with the spirit and zest they showed yesterday and if they can keep their best players fit.

If they can stay up they will be able to rebuild their side over the summer and bring some new players in with the transfer money they will get for the mercurial Charlie Adam, who will probably end up at Liverpool.

As for Newcastle the point turned out to be  a vital one, even though before the game Newcastle fans were hoping for a win, but it’s hard to think Newcastle are not safe now on 41 points, and a goal difference of +1.

Alan continued:

“I do think it’s done now for us,” he explained. “I think we’ve got enough with the way the results went today.”

“For us, our motivation is a top ten finish. We’ve got four games remaining which are very contrasting.”

“Two tough away, but two at home which you would like to think we’ve got a very good chance at.”

The best chance of points are the two home games against Birmingham and WBA, and we also have away games at Liverpool and Chelsea.

But the WBA game may be tougher than we at first thought,  since under Roy Hodgson, they have been revitalized, and got a great 2-2 at White Hart Lane yesterday.

Birmingham City again looked very poor yesterday, and were rightly thrashed at Liverpool 5-0,   and they are in the Europa Cup next season?

Alan Pardew should remember to play the first team in the Carling Cup next season, which is what Birmingham did, and is how a very poor side is in Europe next season.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • davcon22

    Apr 24, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #1

    🙂 1st

  • connor_nufc

    Apr 24, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #2

    To be fair ed it doesnt help when u draw chelsea away and then arsenal at home in consective rounds

  • davcon22

    Apr 24, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #3

    Not a great display from the lads yesterday,but I suppose you’ve got to be fairly pleased to get a point againest a team fighting for there lives!!
    think Enrique has things on his mind at the minute!!

  • Brutooon

    Apr 24, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #4

    -Its not a great performance by the lads yesterday

    -Its a poor finishing by Blackpool thats all


    Apr 24, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #5

    I can see us beatn liverfool 2-0

  • GeordieRob

    Apr 24, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #6

    There are a few things that we need to accept and move on now, because we all tend to say the same things…

    Carroll & Hughton: They’re both gone and they’re not coming back. Finding a first rate manager with loads of experience and a consistent record of success isn’t easy. Finding one that would be willing to come to Newcastle is almost impossible because we keep on firing them (or undermining them). It took Fergie 7 years with Man U to win a title and if we fire AP after 5 months, well God knows who’s coming to replace him.

    Shola: I really wish he was a good player. He’s been loyal and shown promise. But he’s not good enough.

    Inconsistency: We are inconsistent, but so are Blackpool. They were unlucky to get beaten by Man U earlier this year. You can’t say that we should thrash them every game and then say we underestimated them. Irony anyone??? We had a bad day and still got a point. Move on!

    List: We can’t compare our list to any team in the top 6. Poor recruiting 3 or 4 years ago mean that we’re still paying good wages for players not getting a game and can’t be relied upon to contribute even if we’re desperate.

    Cashley: I know people think that he’ll line his pockets even if we get relegated, but it will cost the club 30-40m in TV revenue if we go down. I don’t like the guy, but we’re not good enough to stay up next year with our current list. He has to spend money or else he’ll lose even more. It’s just business to him. But like everyone else, I wait for June.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 24, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #7

    Watched MoTD last night is Shearer bitter about the Toon or what I haven’t heard him say a good word about us all season & I think he may be a closet S*nderland fan the praise he was giving them last night. Also I don’t think any of the Blackpool penalty claims weher penalties. I do think that their goal was over the line WTF was Enrique doing standing 2 foot behind the line. A real Dyer moment.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 24, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #8

    The reason Shola Ameobi’s is “LOYAL” is because no other clubs (not even during his loan to stoke city) who actually WANT HIM.

    for his 10 yrs player career, i never heard any club who want to bid Ameobi cos he is that CRAP

    Cant Control the ball
    Cant dribble defenders
    Always commit fouls
    Cant win header

  • terencelim

    Apr 24, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #9

    In addition to that, if I am honest,

    Joey Barton would probably sign a new deal too because:

    No clubs want a player like him
    No clubs offering him higher wages
    Can’t cross for god sake
    Not enough stamina and always makes mistakes after 70th minutes
    No leadership
    Not an impact player

  • terencelim

    Apr 24, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #10

    But I’ll be happy if Kevin Nolan signs the deal.

  • cupiddstunt

    Apr 24, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #11

    Brutoon I think you are concentrating so much on what you think are his bad points that you are blind to the fact that Strola is a very adequate player in the prem,

    His first touch is not great but there are not a lot of big men with great first touch.

    His dribbling again is adequate for a big man and the defenders generally have to double team him to stop him or get the ball off him.

    Name me a “big man” player that does not commit a lot of fouls and I will show you someone that probably does not have a lot of commitment in their game.

    He wins more than his fair share of headers and is a decent hold up player, just the other week against Wolves he made one and scored one both with the head, while still wearing the face mask

  • swoopingmagpie

    Apr 24, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #12

    Too many pictures of Pardew on this site, gives me the creeps. Not a good omen.


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