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.