3 Points From The Next Two Games The Target

Mike Williamson has had a very good season at Newcastle and has already proved he can hold his own in the Premier League.

Mike Williamson – it wasn’t me ref – honest!

Mike and Fab Coloccini have played so well together for Newcastle this season, that Steven Taylor cannot get his game at the moment.

But it will also be a huge challenge for the Newcastle defense on Sunday, against an in-form Liverpool side.

“Liverpool have fantastic players and quality throughout the squad.” “I think the manager has come in, he’s got a reaction and they are playing really well.”

“Suarez and Andy have been great signings. They’re looking confident and we’ll be looking to stop them.” “Confidence is high. We’ve matched teams like Man U and Arsenal for quality this season.”

“We went to Blackpool and ground out an important point so we’re looking good.” “I think it was a good point at Blackpool. What happened with the goal was unfortunate as I’m told it didn’t seem to go over the line.

“To be fair they did have other chances from us being sloppy in the first half as a team.” “But it was a great battling performance and it shows the other side of our character.” “We have a lot to our game.”

“We’re happy with our points total so far and we’re looking forward to building on it.” “We are going the right direction.” “Getting past the 40-point mark is important and we’re glad to grind out results.’

“At Blackpool the crowd were up for it and every game for them is a cup final.” “Our supporters have been brilliant. The players really do value their support. It makes us even more pumped up for these games.”

Sunday’s game will be difficult with or without Andy Carroll playing,  and we fully expect Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish to field an unchanged side from the one that took a woeful looking Birmingham side apart by 5-0 last weekend at Anfield.

It was a no contest, and Birmingham were simply hopeless that day, and the good news is that their defense looked so porous that hopefully Newcastle will be able to get some goals and do the double over the Midlands side.

Newcastle will play Birmingham a week on Saturday at St. James’ Park – a 3:00 pm kick off – and that is almost a must-win game for the Magpies to keep trying to get a place in the upper half of the Premier League table.

About 10 days ago we would have been happy with 3 points form the home game against the Red Devils and the away game at Blackpool.

But we ended up with two draws and two points,m but against we would expect 3 points from the next two games – a loss on Sunday and a good win against Birmingham.

And if we manage to get a good draw on Sunday, then  let’s hope the lads can play as well against a weaker side in Birmingham in the next game.

That’s something Newcastle were not able to do against Blackpool last weekend, and could only get a single point against a bottom four side.

After all three points – a win and a loss – are better than two draws.

I was always good at maths at school – an “A”  at  the old GCE  A Level as I recall, but of course that was many many moons ago. 😀

Comments welcome.

99 comments so far

  • G

    Apr 29, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #1

    Lets hope we get some points from somewhere soon, what with the matches in hand being played, we seem to be shifting down the table somewhat. Starting to get nervous in case the red and white scum finish above us. I prefer to keep them where they belong, in the shadows.

  • adi-bizzle

    Apr 29, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #2

    We can more than match liverpool if our players play how we know they can. Even if some want to leave, they’ll play well so that other teams will be interested. Realistically, we can still get 9 points out of 12 with chelsea at stamford bridge being the hardest game

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 29, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #3

    we can beat liverpool common its easier than getting a draw against man u scoring 4 goals in 30 min against arsenal

  • solano

    Apr 29, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #4

    If we are targeting 3points in the next 2 games does that mean we are planning to lose a game deliberately Ed?

  • dave 1961

    Apr 29, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #5

    Pardews 4 wins in 17 games hardly gives a lot of confidence, thankfully we don’t have to play team like Stevenage every week or we would be up S*** creek.

  • dave 1961

    Apr 29, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #6

    its madness for a manager to start moaning so close to a big game, he should have kept it for the players before the game, it reminds me of super mack’s boasts in the papers the week before the 74 cup final, and Liverpool pined the papers on the dressing room walls the rests history, Pardew should engage his brain before his tong.

  • G

    Apr 29, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #7

    Dave, I find nearly everything that AP says very embarrassing. I wish somebody would put a gagging order on him.

  • north east lincs toon

    Apr 29, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #8

    G lets GIVE AP a chance before we can judge him players seem work well with him so far after all he has one of the hardest jobs in football give him time.

  • Crawfordladd17

    Apr 29, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #9

    4 points from the next 2 games

  • geoff777

    Apr 29, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #10

    Pardew’s had one transfer window and half a season.

    He was lucky to inherit a mid-table team with a great team spirit.

    Can anyone honestly say the club is in a better position now than we were when Hughton was sacked?

    Form this year on the whole has been terrible.
    The players are doubting the clubs ambition.
    I give Pardew 4/10 at a push.
    No points deduction for lying to the fans or he’d be in negative territory. 😉

  • stevep

    Apr 29, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #11

    Can’t see why we can’t get 6 points, Liverpool aren’t that good and brum are rubbish, if we’re on form we can beat both

  • davybtoon

    Apr 29, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #12

    what is the problem with pardew the players seem to love him as a manager so why dont u get off his back n support him.
    only lost 6 games in the pl since december now thats impressive record for me like
    u want someone tell us whats happening now we have that person all u want him to do is shut up so make ya mind up what u want better record than houghton and we play better under pardew aswell, and he brought carver bk which is good

  • stevep

    Apr 29, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #13

    Geoff777 – think form has been great at times just inconsistent, probably down to having a small squad, can’t judge pardew until next season to be fair when he’s brought in some players of his own

  • davybtoon

    Apr 29, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #14

    geoff777 – yea we are in a better position since pardew came he has a better record than houghton, brought carver back, tied vukic, tiote n staylor to new long deals nolan n barton to sign new deals in next couple of weeks, if nolan is to sign then he is clearly happy the way the club is goin n headin club captain will defo hav info on players comin in
    we now hav a manager n not a coach we are harder beat under pardew

  • north east lincs toon

    Apr 29, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #15

    3-1 on sunday strolla hatrick ha!

  • dave 1961

    Apr 29, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #16

    when you say your happy with 6 defeats, I am not happy with one, we have 4 wins while this season we seem OK, we have played loads of winnable games, that we have lost, the big problem we loose these games when he tries to fit players into the team, when I would try out the kids rather than the square pegs in the round holes, when will we ever bring the younger players on. if I’m to put up with Pardew I need to see some forward planning, not talking rubbish. especially the prices for the games. it might be OK if you watch it free but think of the lads that paid a fortune to watch against Blackpool.

  • dave 1961

    Apr 29, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #17

    I am concerned about our lack of goals if we start the new season like we are finishing this one we are in for a long season.

  • davybtoon

    Apr 29, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #18

    dave 1961 – i dont like losing either but ya accusing pardew as if it all his fault, we were losing games to teams we should b beatin when houghton was here aswell,
    for a newly promoted team to hav only lost 6 games since december 11th to may is a great record, now i kno your one of these supporters who still think were top 4 material were not weve been midtable to lower for years now we went down n weve been better this season than the one we went down top10 finish will b great
    u need stop living in the keegan era n realise what we are

  • davybtoon

    Apr 29, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #19

    weve had hba n gosling missing most the season we wud easy b up 7th or higher with them 2 round plus new signings europa league is a target for sure
    dave u one of these supporters who would find sumthing to complain about if we sign ronaldo n messi theres no winning with fans like u

  • davybtoon

    Apr 29, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #20

    are home form needs improving n our inconsistency sorted out n we will b flying

  • G

    Apr 29, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #21

    AP still has it all to prove to me, but it’s the excuses he comes out with which alarm me, it’s always somebody else’s fault, where at least under CH we got humble opinion, such as ‘We simply were not good enough to beat them’, and he admitted often, that he was still learning managerial, which was refreshing to hear. AP’s win / lose ratio may be on par, or even better than CH’s, but so far there is no evidence to suggest that AP’s stats will ever improve? To be fair to him, he has had a shortage of firepower, through no fault of his own since late Jan, so it may be unfair to judge him fully, but he picks the team and calls the formations, which he has got very wrong on several occasions (Danny Simpson on right wing anyone?). It is my right as a supporter to criticize the manager and the team, but I want to see a significant improvement next term before I start singing his praises.

  • north east lincs toon

    Apr 29, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #22

    17 th position was ur target looking like were going to better that injuries suspensions 5+ players in the summer the is def black & white.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 29, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #23

    A little off topic but would it be that bad if Barton left ? 5-8M for a nearly 29 year old prone to injuries and suspensions and with a lot of baggage. Assuming he were to be replaced by
    Blaise Matuidi (wrong spelling ) and Taraabt.

  • G

    Apr 29, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #24

    RH, for a quality replacement, maybe, but I would want at least 8M for him this season before I would even consider it, after all, how much does a proven midfielder cost in an inflated market like this?

  • davybtoon

    Apr 29, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #25

    yes is your ryt to critize the team/manager but that is all some ppl seem to wanna do there only happy when there moaning n focus on all the negatives n no positives like were safe which was the target
    n we go on all day bout win/lose ratio the simple fact is were a harder team to beat since pardew became manager FACT
    yes we have been beat n poor sometimes stoke n everton come to mind were yes i agree pardew got it wrong formation wise
    but other all weve been to inconsitant all season

  • north east lincs toon

    Apr 29, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #26

    we could get konchesky and lucas in exchange barton and jose

  • shearermania

    Apr 29, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #27

    you speak of great sense..
    we were very unlucky not to win against both spurs and the scum…..
    i like everyone else was very underwhelmed with pardews appointment but i think he has handled him very well…i think he is mostly right with tactics (hey even the special one got it wrong the other day)..
    i have been very positive surprised by pardew…im looking forward to some stability and the transfer window……at least we should give the man a chance….a manager can only do so much….our players are not exactly world beaters are they? for gods sake we got kuqi

  • north east lincs toon

    Apr 29, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #28

    Could be worse look at west ham

  • djm...

    Apr 29, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #29

    It means we are looking to win at least on of the next 2 games and get 3 points, while anything more than that would be a bonus.
    It doesn’t mean we are going to go out an deliberately throw a game.


  • solano

    Apr 29, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #30

    I would have thought aiming for 4points would have been more appropriate…..and call me a toolend again and I’ll get upset…..

  • marcos_nufc

    Apr 29, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #31

    I totally agree with the previous comment. First, the team is not good enough to play in the premier league, in my opinion there are 7 good players: Harper, Coloccini, Tiote, Enrique,Barton,Nolan,Jonas Gutierrez. But they are very inconsistent, they don`t play well all the time, even against weaker sides like Blackpool.to be fair we need at least 2 quality players those who can make an impact or change a match like Messi. Of course he will cost a lot of money but there is a player that I would like to see wearing the black and white shirt next season. Sturridge, who plays for Bolton, on loan from Chelsea is a very good player, he is skillful and can score a lot of goals, he scored 7 goals in 9 matches for Bolton. We need players like that and a more solid defence and more organized midfield with skillful players to distribute the ball but it will only be possible next season. Alan Pardew seems to be a very honest man, he works hard. I don`t believe the players are tired because they play once a week, sometimes twice as we could see last week. Manchester United players play twice almost every week, two different competitions and Sir Alex Ferguson don`t say that the players are tired. If Newcastle United got a draw I would be very happy. But I think it will be very difficult. Let`s remember what Corroll did for us when we played in the Champioship, in 2008/2009 season before booing him.

  • Dougie Bugbal Morris

    Apr 29, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #32



    Apr 29, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #33

    Newcastle not good enough to play in the Premier league…..wow thats a over inflated view of our league.

    If Wigan, West Ham, Wolves, Stoke, Birmingham. Blackpool, Blackburn, West Brom and Sunderland are good enough…how arent we? The Premier League truely consists of 7-9 good teams…..its a 20 team league

  • Tonytoon73

    Apr 29, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #34

    Dear me there is some negative people on here today.

  • G

    Apr 29, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #35

    We are a prem side, we are a mid table prem side, and our current league position befits the squad we have at our disposal. We do carry a lot of dead wood in our squad, and we definitely need at least one quality striker. What AP does in the next transfer window will be a big test of him as manager. Whomever he signs will need to take us to that next level, of finishing in the top 8, with a realistic chance of Europa League football the season after next. If AP does this well, once he is shaping the team in his own vision, I will gladly sing his name with pride. In the meantime, a few points in the next 2 games wouldn’t be bad at all.

  • ToonDownSouth

    Apr 29, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #36

    Everyone complaining about how much he talks, I actually LOVE having a manager who constantly tells us what’s going on. I would HATE to have a manager like Ancelotti or Grant, who can barely speak English and mumble about 10 words at the end of every game… Surely a lot of people here agree…

    The whole Pardwho hating thing is getting ridiculous.

    For the week before the Villa game, everyone on here said he should play Colo in CDM. He did. We lost. And later that day, the same people were saying how awful a decision it was.

    We have just been promoted, and have an owner who no one wants to manage under. Who do you realistically want that is better than Pardew?

  • sweendog

    Apr 29, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #37

    marcos_nufc .. not good enough for the prem .. wise up mate .. we’re mid table .. without the bad home defeats under hughton we would be top 8 ..
    I do agree on the 7 players .. but the others aren’t that bad .. definately good squad players at the least.. wish some people would realise we’re not a bad side just 3-4 players short .. importantly 2 top strikers short, and a RW

  • dave 1961

    Apr 29, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #38

    I admit I do not like Pardew but I do not have a solution who else wast the job who would be any better, and they would want more money, Pardew just seems like the school kid locked in a sweet shop and cant stop eating the sweets, just hope he gets board with the attention and can spend more time with the team, to me Pardew & his bosses are too into gambling, a bad influence on young players. and it seems at times Ashley can enjoy sailing close to the wind

  • Tonytoon73

    Apr 29, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #39

    Is Pardew really speaking his mind or is he reading Ashley’s script.


    Apr 29, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #40

    is that not a negative post? haha


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