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.
“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.