41 Points From 35 Games – We’ll Take It!


It was not a great display from Newcastle yesterday, and Liverpool were by far the better side and won 3-0.

Alan Pardew – depleted squad

But Newcastle were missing some good players yesterday – Ben Arfa, Dan Gosling, Leon best were all not available through injury, and of course newcatsle were never able to replace the departing Andy Carroll in January.

So to a large extent since January, Newcastle have been playing with a depleted squad, and even though the lads were toothless yesterday, they continued to play football, even when they were down 3-0, and never ever threw in the towel.

The way they stuck to their task is a good comparison to the side of two years ago, who would have given up after the first goal went in, and would probably have ended up losing 6-0, since Liverpool were in the ascendancy when they wanted to be in that second half,

But last August Newcastle fans would have taken 41 points from the first 35 games in a New York minute, and while results have been a little disappointing these last several weeks, Newcastle are now safe in the league.

With 9 points to play for they are 7 points above the drop zone,  with an extra  point for their much superior goal difference over the bottom sides.

Wolves, Wigan and Blackpool all picked up a point over the weekend, and West Ham managed to lose their 5th game in a row at Eastlands, and may be doomed to the second division next season. I’d hate to be a West Ham fan right now.

Wins are what these bottom teams need now to survive.

For Newcastle it’s a matter of how far up the league table the lads can finish, from their current decent 12th position, and one thing going for them is their superior goal difference compared to all the teams below them.

Newcastle have a game next Saturday against Birmingham, and we’ll all be over the moon with a Newcastle win, which surely is possible,  and even probable – assuming we can get a goal.

Update – I still cannot find those boots. 😀

Let’s just  forget about the Liverpool game, we didn’t expect anything out of the game, but the lads can capture all three points next Saturday – and that’s all that really matters now.

Howay The Lads!!



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13 comments so far

  • Toon Follower

    May 2, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #1

    For Me Wolves, Wigan and West Ham To Go Down

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  • Weezertoon

    May 2, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #2

    Actually worried about the birmingham/west brom matches. Not sure where our goals are going to come from.

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  • tdt

    May 2, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #3

    I agree Ed, positivism will get us through until the end if this season, then we will need action over the summer. We should win the games against birmingham and west brom, hopefully leaving us in top 10. That would be a good end to the season.

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  • carrollsinger

    May 2, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #4

    Have I missed something when did Newcastle become safe? If we lose against brum and chelsea we will be in it

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  • Jarra

    May 2, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #5

    This Summer will be huge for us supporters, and will by August give us direction what is happening behind the scene’s.
    For me one of three options,
    1. Ashley splashes the cash and with that shows intent to be around long term.
    2. He dabbles a little with the perception he is staying to confuse the supporters what his plans are, which is where we have been since he came along.
    3. He sells the players who can raise funds for him, whilst at the same time gets his PR team to circulate stories that we are linked with buying this star or that one. This will deflect pressure whilst at the same time arrange to sell the club as near to the end of the transfer window to destroy any chance of purchasing quality players by a new owner.
    My honest feeling is that it will be option 3 and I make that observation from what we have seen of Ashley in his time at Newcastle, he has always fed us when it suits him the news we want to hear, when we were relegated he is selling next week etc.
    He plays us as we are so readable, I really do hope I am wrong but I think we are in for a shocking summer where we are strung along and then he sticks the middle finger up at us as a final departing gesture.

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  • WWJBD

    May 2, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #6

    Jarra

    If its option 3 then who would buy NUFC? No one would buy a club who had sold its ‘star’ players with no time to make it stronger

    If a sale is in the offing its already in place imo

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  • Toon Follower

    May 2, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #7

    Anyone see Aaron Ramsey vs United
    cracking young player and I think we have a good chance of at least getting him on loan (maybe with an option to buy!!) Star in the making

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  • WWJBD

    May 2, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #8

    Ramsey is in line to replace Cesc at Arsenal we might get him on loan but not gonna get a option to buy

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 2, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #9

    lets just say we can atleast score a goal against birmingham cause if we can score a goal we can win the game

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  • Toonboy_84

    May 2, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #10

    Lets be positive lads. Remember we all wondered where the goals were going to come from against West ham and we won 5 nil.

    HWTL

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    May 2, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #11

    I think the Birmingham & West Brom games are games we should expect to win. The problem is who is going to score the goals. Still we should stay up I can’t see Wigan Wolves or West Ham getting 9 points in fact I can’t see them getting mor than 3 points each.

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  • solano

    May 2, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #12

    It will be option 2 Jarra…….but I would take option 3…..KK called it right on ESPN yesterday but lots around here can’t handle the truth!

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  • Billy1985

    May 2, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #13

    i think he should reconsider ben arfa just cause most people think we are safe but 9 points are still available……dont think the young strikers would owt but with ben arfa on the pitch other teams could be worried a bit and just lose concentration on marking him so nolan could sneak in and score a couple….we def need someone up front to scare the defence…..shola wont i would play lov on right wing for pace and for his footballing mind ranger hasnt done nowt and kuqi is clutching at straws keeping his football career up and running

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