Newcastle slipped further down the league last night, after Fulham easily beat Bolton 3-0 at Craven Cottage.
John Carver – final four games very important
Fulham now move into 9th place with 42 points, level on points with Stoke City, who beat Wolves 3-0 at home on Monday night, and also now have a better goal difference than Newcastle.
Newcastle drop to 11th place and the lower half of the table, and have four games left in the season, and could finish anywhere from 9th position down to 15th place.
Assistant manager John Carver is saying that the club will take the last four games very seriously, and want to finish as high up in the league as possible, as each place is worth around £800K to the clubs.
This is what John said today:
“We’ve got four games left, we don’t treat them any differently. We’ve got four – we want to win four. We have tough games to play but we want to win as many as we can and finish as high up that league as we can.”
“Everyone’s goal at the start of the season – and I said the same – was not finishing in the bottom three.” “Doing that would be a successful season for us.”
“Whatever place we finish this season, as long as it’s not in the bottom three, is a success – but we need to build on it.” “We need as many points as we can – we’re not taking our foot off the gas.”
Since winning at Birmingham 2-0 on 15th February, Newcastle have gained only 6 points from their last 7 games, including only one win at home to Wolves on April 2nd. That’s close to relegation form.
So we haven’t been picking up too many points and wins of late, and the best we can do is probably to pick up 6 points, by beating both Birmingham and WBA in the the two remaining home games at St. James Park.
It will be difficult to get anything out of the away games at Liverpool and Chelsea, with both those sides looking in excellent form of late.
But the Newcastle squad is again down to the bare bones, with Stephen Ireland now out for the season, so 6 points is probably the best we can hope for.
Alan Pardew should make sure in the summer that the squad not only had more quality, but is also bigger, so we can withstand the injuries the club picks up – the squad is far too small at the moment for the Premier League.
We have no idea where 47 points would leave Newcastle in the league, but the hope is at least in 10th position.