Next up for Newcastle is an in-form Liverpool side at Anfield, next Sunday afternoon.
Shola Ameobi – in action on Saturday at Blackpool
Newcastle now have four matches left, but still need to pick up some points to finish as high in the league as possible.
Certainly with Blackburn again losing last night at home to Manchester City 1-0, and a first league goal from Edin Dzeko, it seems that relegation could be between five teams – West Ham, Wolves, Wigan, Blackpool and Blackburn, with those sides very unlikely to be able to pick up sufficient points to catch Newcastle.
But unless Newcastle start winning some games – the lads have just one win in their last 7 games – it looks like the best they can do is 9th place, but one thing is important, and that’s to finish higher than local rivals Sunderland in the league.
Sunderland are now level with Newcastle on 41 points, but have a poorer goal difference, and that decent goal difference could help Newcastle finish fairly high up at the end of the season.
Shola Ameobi will play a big part in how Newcastle perform through the end of the season, and we are hoping that Shola can get on the goals trail again, his last goal being against Wolves in Newcastle’s only win (4-1) in the last 7 games.
Local lad Shola also wants to finish above rivals Sunderland of course, as he said today:
“You want to finish as the top team in the region. It didn’t look very likely until a few weeks ago, but we’ve dug in and done well as of late while they’ve had a poor run.”“It’s something we’re focusing on, but we’ll take it game by game and hopefully finish on top.”
“We said after the great result on Tuesday, we didn’t want to fall back with a disappointing loss in the next game,” “We knew the importance because it’s easy for us to raise ourselves against the big teams and not really do ourselves justice against the likes of Blackpool.”
“We didn’t really play our best football but we dug in, and that’s a great sign of the future. We have to work hard every day we play.” “Blackpool are fighting for their lives and we’d come off the back of a game on Tuesday, which was obviously going to be very draining.”
Lots of teams are grouped together around 40 points so it’s important that Newcastle do as well as possible in the remaining games, two of which are away at Liverpool and Chelsea.
And while the lads may not get much out of those two games, they have to try to get two wins against Birmingham and WBA at St. James’ Park, and if they can capture 6 points at home they will have a very good chance of finishing in the upper half of the Premier League.
That would be terrific!