Can Newcastle Get Two Wins Out Of Three?


There’s a couple of ways Newcastle could finish the season.

Danny Simpson – in action against Aston Villa – another defeat

They can go on like they’ve been doing over the last 12 games, which have yielded only 11 points, and struggle across the finish line on May 22nd at home, and finish somewhere around 15th position in the league, or the lads can show some good form, and get a couple of good results – like even win some games for a change, and maybe then finish in the top 10.

But Newcastle have just a single win over the last 8 games, since they easily beat Birmingham at St. Andrews 2-0, so it would appear they must have a more than decent chance to get a win on Saturday,  it would seem that way, but of course you just never know with Newcastle.

Danny Simpson agrees the two home games against Birmingham and West Brom are huge for Newcastle, as he said today:

“We’ve got two massive home games now,” “We always knew Liverpool away would be tough, and also Chelsea away .

“But we’ve got Birmingham left at home and with our fans and our results at home, we’ve got to look forward to performing.” “The last few home games have been all right but we’ve got two more to go and they are winnable.”

“I’m sure our fans expect us to win them.” “We beat Birmingham 2-0 at their place in February so they’ll remember that and they’ll be looking to finish as high as they can as well.”

“But we’re at home with our fans and I’m sure they’ll be flying.” “When we’re at home and we get St James’ screaming it’s normally like that for us.”

“To come away to Anfield it was noisy even though our fans were good, you have to get through that little 15-minute spell they had and it’s a different game.”

“Look at the confidence from when we played them at home,” “They looked like a completely different team. I don’t even think they knew what it was about when they played us at St James’ and we attacked them and got on top of them.”

“We tried to do that again but they had the confidence from their recent results to deal with it.” “When we’ve had good results we’ve started the game well,” “At Liverpool their front four and midfield started well, moving it about quickly. We normally deal with that and get through that.”

“When you do get through that with a clean sheet, that’s when if it’s still 0-0 and we’re the away team, the pressure’s on the home team.”

We’ve watched Birmingham a few times recently and they have not looked impressive, and that’s putting it mildly, especially for a team that’s in the Europa Cup next season, and their defense seems very porous.

So porous that even Newcastle, who have looked so impotent up front over the last few games in which they have scored just one goal in the last 4 games – yes it’s that bad – could even be able to score a goal on Saturday.

And with the Birmingham attack not being able to score many goals this season at all, one goal could be enough for all 3 points.

It’s important for Newcastle to finish the season on a positive note, and get as high up the league table as possible, and that will help the summer recruitment drive too.

It seems obvious to unbiased folks, that Newcastle plan to recruit  over the summer, and Kevin Keegan, after yesterday’s rather peculiar and biased comments, could even be embarrassed by just how well Newcastle do in the transfer market.

On the other hand, it’s never easy to get good players in,  but we are hoping Newcastle can do just that, and we are more concerned about Newcastle doing well in the transfer market, than for Mike Ashley to look bad in the summer.

We are not concerned about being right,  we are 0nly concerned about Newcastle being able to build up their squad to be a lot better, in both quality and quantity next season,  than it is right now.

That’s what’s really important.

Comments welcome.



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19 comments so far

  • hba10

    May 3, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #1

    expecting wins against brum and wba, not easy but straight forward wins, hoping benny can make a sub appearance and score!

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  • toonfan09

    May 3, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #2

    doesnt look like gradel will be coming he wants to sign a new contract with leeds

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  • Billy1985

    May 3, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #3

    hopefully we can but its going to be a very hard because birmingham are a hard side and west brom are on an amazing run at the min. chelsea no chance not with them being back in with a chance of the title they will probs be looking to get most of their goals against us lol. i just hope we show fight thats all i want is that the players fight for this club and for themselves and the fans then we should get two wins out of three but its easy talking about it rather than doing it. its never as straight forward as that for newcastle. i would play this team
    krul
    simmo willo colo enrique
    tiote
    jonas barton ferguson
    nolan
    arfa/ranger
    i choose this as when we are defending nolan can cover for barton as he defends and when we attack tiote can come into midfield its sort of having 2 players having two positions if you know what i mean plus i hope to see ben arfa just to let the other team be worried that we have quality up front play him as a robert did at psg as he was top goal scorer for 2 seasons playing up front but if he isnt ready have ranger on as he uses his strength and pace a little more than shola does so hopefully we have half a chance but to be honest im not bothered about anything apart from staying up so hopefully the lower teams can lose so cmon the toon

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  • Charlietoon

    May 3, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #4

    Lets hope part of Ashley is considering just chucking in another 10 mill to the war chest just to prove Keegan wrong.

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  • tdt

    May 3, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #5

    Hopefully we’ll get the win this weekend. I’ve got my ticket for Saturday, last game I went to was Wolves when we won 4-1 so that’s a good omen!

    The strikers really need to stand up and be counted, otherwise they’ll be shipped out during the summer.

    Maybe we should give the young stars that are pushing for a 1st team spot a chance at the weakend, rather than limping on with shola and lovenkrands. However I feel we will probably continue with the same 442 that we’ve seen for the last couple of hapless performances.

    Either way, we desperately need a good summer recruitment push!

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  • MacToon

    May 3, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #6

    “It seems obvious to unbiased folks”

    lol

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  • Charlietoon

    May 3, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #7

    Just say NO to Shola…talk about finding your level in the championship

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  • tdt

    May 3, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #8

    There’s no such thing as unbiased folk in the footy world!

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  • PHOENIXNIGHTS

    May 3, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #9

    One more point will be enough as our goal difference is superior to the teams below us. Villa and the mackems will also finish below us. If we apply ourselves as we did against Wolves and Man Utd then will be fine (we seem to be better at home ) We will outplay Birmingham who are a poor side but I wonder where the goals are going to come from. It amazes me how we have survived in this league with our current forwards (other than Best who has put the ball in the net)
    Keep the faith.

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  • Doctapaul

    May 3, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #10

    Right now I’ll settle for 2 points from the last 3 games.

    Put my cossy, bucket and spade in me case and pack off to Whitley Bay for the summer – whilst the oracle at St James chooses whether he’s going to invest in a team that can compete in the top 6 of the league or do what he’s always done, wash his hands of the whole affair.

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  • jamesnufc86

    May 3, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #11

    Lovenkrands and Ameobi i would let go in the summer, def keep Best , I maybe wouldnt have him starting every games next term , id have him third choice battling it out with the 2 new strikers we bring in, thanks to Ameobi and Lovenkrands but it has to be seen that these 2 cannot score the goals to make Newcastle great again-I like Ameobi a whole lot better than Lovenkrands- he has to be one of the physically weakest players ive ever seen at Newcastle

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  • jamesnufc86

    May 3, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #12

    part from ferguson lol

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  • whatsup

    May 3, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #13

    Anyone else think Simpson is pants?

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  • Billy1985

    May 3, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #14

    last game yes he was terrible

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  • whatsup

    May 3, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #15

    He’s an average defender with little pace and gives zero going forward. He thought he was on the fringe of the England team a while back – mmmehhh

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  • Billy1985

    May 3, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #16

    i would love micah richards here but there is no chance of that

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  • Jezza

    May 3, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #17

    No chance whatsoever. The casino crony has only managed 4 wins in 20 games so far and we have failed to score in almost half of those games. You don’t win games without scoring. Equally you don’t win games when you have a pathetic excuse for a manager who lost 8 straight Premiership games with West Ham despite having the talents of Tevez and Mascerano at his disposal. We’ll be lucky to get two more points this season.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 3, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #18

    HOPE ben arfa and Gosling play against birmingham

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  • Graeme

    May 3, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #19

    Well, we might just scrape a win against Brum as they are as bad as we are.

    May need a deflection off the inside of Bartons left bollock, but who cares how it goes in, as long as it goes in!! I dont think I have ever seen NUFC with as weak a forward line as we have now, in over 50 years of watching toon – its a shambles.

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