Newcastle Finishing In Top Half Looks More Difficult Now

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.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • damonmwade

    Apr 28, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #1

    I reckon there is still 7 more points for us, the main thing is that we remain in the EPL and finish above the unwashed!

  • xXl NUFC lXx

    Apr 28, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #2

    John Carver – final four games very important… no shit…
    any news about ben arfa ??

  • Graeme

    Apr 28, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #3

    What makes you think we will beat WBA??

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Apr 28, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #4

    We will get another 4 points as we will beat Birmingham and draw with WBA.

    Next seasons target has to be 50+ points.

  • Stuart

    Apr 28, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #5

    Graeme, what makes you think we won’t?

    You’re a Newcastle fan, you’re supposed to expect your team to beat anyone haha!

  • Charlietoon

    Apr 28, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #6

    Nolan has had a game back and Tiote has had a couple. I’d have to imagine every player was motivated for this game with Liverpool having Carroll and with the rumors of Enrique joining etc. Worst case is if the rumors are true Enrique will want to put in a good showing. Its a shame we lack real penetration up front. Who knows which Ameobi will turn up. Lovens is quick but not a target man. Considering how he did against Liverpool last time I’d consider giving Ranger a start.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Apr 28, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #7

    At the end of the day, this season’s target was to finish in 17th place.

    So anything above that is a bonus, especially when you consider we played the second half of the season without an out-and-out striker!

    Remaining Fixtures:
    Liverpoo – Away
    Birmingham – Home
    Chelski – Away
    West Brom – Home

    Max Points = 12
    Min Points = 0
    Likely Points = 4

  • wynsleap

    Apr 28, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Come on John. Having a successful season is finishing fourth off bottom?
    Just how far has this club sunk?

  • djm...

    Apr 28, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #9

    With a newly promoted team, made up largely of the players that where relegated 2 years ago or where untried at premier league level, any realistic fan would have taken anything other than realegation this season and to kick on from there wynsleap.

  • wynsleap

    Apr 28, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #10

    djm – fair point – as long as this thinking only lasts so long and we DO kick on from there.
    I have my doubts under Ashley though as I really think the mindset is to survive each season with the least outlay possible.
    Having said that I’d be delighted to be proved wrong.

  • cupiddstunt

    Apr 28, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #11

    I’m not claiming to know MA’s mind but in general billionaires are not in the habits of settling for survival, you do not become a millionaire never mind a billionaire settling for survival.

    I personally think MA is looking to make the club a success as that reflects on him as the owner, (and also returns him on his investment) but I think he is intent on making the club successful while still trying to maintain a sensible business model, i.e. good foundations and sensible purchasing this may take a real 5 year play to put in place but I personally would sooner have that than the chelski, or manky city method.

    I have followed the club for 53 years and must admit to having the occasional desire to have the club spend just so I can see some success before they pop me in the oven.

  • solano

    Apr 28, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #12

    A football fan’s idea of success and an owner’s are very, very different cupid…..even more so if you look at how our very own MA has made his money (buying once grand names and cheapening the products to maximise profit)….it’s obvious that MA doesn’t fall into the Abramovich mould but your faith in giving MA another 5 years to do it his way is amazing, given what has occurred under his stewardship…..

  • Sav

    Apr 29, 2011 at 2:39 AM

    Comment #13

    One more win will guarantee survival and after all that’s gone on, another couple of 800,oooks more or less isn’t going to make that much difference one way or the other.
    Right now, I’d take a glorious win against the despised reds and the even more despised Dogleash and then the lads can kick back for the rest of the games.


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