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.