15 Points from 21- I’ll PInch Myself Tonight

Newcastle have four wins and three draws in the Premier League from seven games, and have won another two games in the Carling Cup.

Tim Krul – had great game against Wolves

So is that a good start to the season for Newcastle?

You  bet your life it is, and the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew seems to be like the rest of  us,  and is pinching himself to make sure it’s all real.

Newcastle played well today in the first half but seemed to attempt to play the game out in the second half and protect their  two goal lead.

But that probably played right into Wolves game plan, as Mick McCarthy’s side  came after Newcastle to try to get themselves back into the game in the second half.

But the stalwart Newcastle defense, with Tim Krul just outstanding in goal,  held out until the 88th minute when Steven Fletcher finally scored with a good header.

And then a couple of minutes later it seemed that Doyle had scored the equalizer, but the referee ruled that the ball had crossed the bye line before Wolves scored, although TV replays showed it was a very close call.

And not for the first time this season the Magpies had some luck, and the referee failed to give a penalty in the first half against Newcastle for a foul by Steven Taylor on Jamie O’Hara, and TV replays showed it should have been a penalty and not a free kick just outside the box.

This is what Alan Pardew said after the game on Saturday:

“15 points out of 21 is an outstanding achievement for the squad and fair play to them.”

“I’ll pinch myself tonight, when you look at teams that have got 15 points it’s probably only the top three or four who have got it in the last 14 years.:

“We looked at that and it was a target for us, it doesn’t mean anything really other than we’ve had a great start and we’ve got some good attributes to the side and now we go on to the next game.”

Chelsea will have to beat Bolton away tomorrow to retain their 3rd position in the league, with Newcastle now just 4 points behind the two Manchester clubs, who both won today.

Four wins and three draws in the first seven league games is a great start, and to think Newcastle are currently 11 points above the relegation zone and need another 25 points to be safe this season in the Premier League.

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • hainesy

    Oct 1, 2011 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #1


  • hainesy

    Oct 1, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #2

    Only because no-one else has posted for nearly an hour.
    Nice job Hainesy. *Pat on the back*

    Oh it’s great to talk to yourself. Even better when we are 3rd in the league! Heaven! Seems like the SBR days! Come on lads, do it for wor Bobs 😀

  • Andy

    Oct 1, 2011 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #3

    MOTM today was mark halsey. Well played mark. Can we have him every week?

  • Xavi

    Oct 1, 2011 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #4

    great start to the season.

    demba ba is starting to score some key goals for us and that keeps the confidence going. fantastic goal by jonas too.

    bring on the scum of spurs. god i hate them

  • TinoToon

    Oct 1, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #5

    Seems like Lady Luck is with you Hainesy, try dont abuse her again.

  • GeordieCoaster

    Oct 1, 2011 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #6

    I think Halsey escaped most of the criticism today because of Atkinson. What a shocking red card that was.

  • gorskino10

    Oct 2, 2011 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #7

    Great start, From such good games still not convinced by RTaylor at LB and Simmo and Obertan, But Krul/Cabaye/Colo/STaylor etc.. have been amazing.

    But its going to get tougher, Spurs on the 16th then start of Nov we have Man City then Man United then Chelsea, Massive 3 weeks, don’t want to get hammered and loose the confidence we have ATM

    HWTL 🙂

  • beefman13

    Oct 2, 2011 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #8

    This is great stuff at the moment we are third in the prem and have in my opinion the two of the worst full backs in the division raylor isnt a full back but is trying were as simpson for me has got nothing about his game no finesse cannot beat a player just very average i suppose he does work hard but he defends way to far of hid attackers, it just shows how good colo saylor and krul are playing they keep pulling them out of the brownstuff, once santon gets in the team and that will steady it a bit more and i would still rather play young tavernier when he returns from loan rather than simpson, christ we could improve further this could be a very memorable season its all good stuff and we are happy going in to our next game long may it continue!

  • Ameobi No.9

    Oct 2, 2011 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #9

    Gorskino10 @7

    your not convinced by Taylor at lb after his great performances so far this season.. but you think Obertan has been ‘amazing’? you even watched a toon match yet have you?

  • Ameobi No.9

    Oct 2, 2011 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #10

    beefman13 @9

    tavernier for simpson when he gets back? yet another ‘what team have you been watching’ moment. As good as tavernier may be, he is far too young and too inexperienced at any level to be thrown into the frame.. never mind the bloody premier league. dont fix what is not broken and all that.

    Anyway enough negativity, we are 3rd in the table and that should be more than enough to keep you miserable buggers happy for a few days. Bring on the spuds

  • Ameobi No.9

    Oct 2, 2011 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #11

    Sorry Gorskino.. I misread what you put 😀

    thought you were dissing taylor but praising a very average obertan


    Oct 2, 2011 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #12


  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 2, 2011 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #13

    Alan Pardew’s Black & White Army!(?)

  • Kris

    Oct 2, 2011 at 1:51 AM

    Comment #14

    Great to get another 3 pointer, but not happy with our defence today. We had three top-performers today: Krul, Tiote and S.Taylor.

    Team against spurs:
    Ben Arfa

    Bench: Harper, Willo (hopefully), Raylor, Gosling, Ranger, Marveaux, Sammy.

  • boater

    Oct 2, 2011 at 1:52 AM

    Comment #15

    Leave the defense as is. We have the best defensive record from 92 teams across the country… why change it? There will be a time to bring santon in this season – but not by penalising one of the players who have contributed to this incredible unbroken run.

    Up front we could tweak things a little.. Arfa and Marveuax are too good for the bench every game. Obertan and Best are two who could be ‘rested’ for the purposes of adding a bit more technique and velvet to attacks. If Pardew wants to stick with 2 up front – maybe Benny in for Oba on the right for the next, tricky home game.

  • Constanstine

    Oct 2, 2011 at 4:55 AM

    Comment #16

    To be honest, we can easily take down spur. They’re not the same team like they were last year and neither do we.

  • ~~San-Toon~~

    Oct 2, 2011 at 5:33 AM

    Comment #17

    Don’t get too cocky. We were lucky yesterday. Spurs will be a difficult game, Modric is in Good form. Defoe and Adebayor are scoring goals. Will be a another sluggerfest. Hoping we get a point.

  • darthkir

    Oct 2, 2011 at 6:19 AM

    Comment #18

    AP did not adapt to the game yesterday. For the last 20 minutes the team were pressured by Wolves and AP were scared to make change that matters. He should have taken Ba and replaced him instead with a central midfielder and instead brought in Lovenkrands and replaced the hardworking Cabaye with Guthrie. Obertan were really bad in second half and should have been taken off earlier.

  • ginkoh

    Oct 2, 2011 at 6:23 AM

    Comment #19

    We should unleash Ben Arfa against Tottenham and play 4-5-1 because we cannot let them control the MF area.

  • CAToon

    Oct 2, 2011 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #20

    A win is a win. Defense seemed to lose focus for stretches. The next seven games will tell us a lot about how different this team is from last year’s and the 08/09 group of “superstars”. On merit, the club is showing they are certainly worthy of a UEFA spot.

  • ~~San-Toon~~

    Oct 2, 2011 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #21

    Hoping Bolton nick a point tonight. If they do, we stay 3rd.

    Same GD as Chelsea and 1 point ahead. 🙂 Wouldn’t mind being 3rd for a Good solid two weeks 😛

  • cyprus

    Oct 2, 2011 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #22

    ++ Jonas amazing goal. Since he can glide by players, he should try this more.

    ++ Krul the best keeper we’ve ever had? Only Shay compares?

    ++Winning even when playing badly. Reminds me of Man U (many games), Chelsea (many many games), the invincibles of Arsenal

    ++ 15 points!

    ++ Unlike what the pundits on TV are saying, we do have depth. They keep saying, wait for a couple of injuries and then…. But we have people ready, waiting. No need to write names here, you know them.

    Won’t write any – – – in this post.

  • cyprus

    Oct 2, 2011 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #23

    Lawro almost never gets our results… 5 wrong, 2 right up to now

  • jimmy

    Oct 2, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #24

    some of you lot are really hard to please weve had our best start to a seaon for 17years and your still moaning. maybe your best supporting man utd or man city. moaning about the subs he makes who cares we won. if he had brought on ben arfa or santon and they had given the ball away for an equaliser you would all slate pardew for bringing them on when there not fully fit. just get behind the team were going away to tough places and getting results. pardew isnt ashleys puppet either even if he is who cares as long as he gets the team prepared for games and we get results that all that should matter.

  • stephen1971

    Oct 2, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #25

    not trying to be negative here but when your keeper is motm for 1/2 of our games then we should,nt praise our defence to highly, wolves are a mediocare team and they had 25 shots at goal, luck was on their side last season and ours this season, i hope he puts santon in the team for spuds coz taylor got dragged all over the place yesterday (but he did make some cracking tackles and blocks too), ba is finding his feet and i think he,ll be a big hit for us and best is getting better all the time, i would of liked to seen hba play for last 20 yesterday instead of lovenkrands

  • beefman13

    Oct 2, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #26

    ameobi no9 listen son did not want to bring up the full back situation but only heroics from other players stopped wolves getting a point yesterday, i am an oficial supporter of this current regime at the club and have supported it from the start even though i have taken stick for it i will keep to my beliefs but my point is that having watched tavernier for a while he is already better than simpson age has nohing to do with it if your good enough, i love what the toon are doing but a bit of tweaking and we will be stronger im just seeing it as i see it and if your name is emplying that shola should be no9 then you havnt got much of a clue to be fair have you ha ha, its constructive critisism i give.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 2, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #27

    Beefman13 – Spot on mate

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 2, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #28

    Can anyone clarify if its true that the fans are still not cheering Pardew, as pointed out in The Independent?

    Whats the problem???

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 2, 2011 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #29

    Incidentally, was Obertan really as crap as he seemed to be yesterday? He’s a lazy bugger at times.

  • CAToon

    Oct 3, 2011 at 2:13 AM

    Comment #30

    Through 7 games 15 points. It took us until the beginning of November to reach that mark last year. In the year when we had a “marque” squad of highly paid superstars, 15 points was reached in December. If we measure performance by the numbers, not by hype and the size of paychecks, the squad now is better than any of our recent teams (post SBR era).


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