A Top Eight Finish Would Be Great For Newcastle

Newcastle looked good in that first half yesterday but as the second half went on we seemed to be more and more on the defensive.

Demba Ba – scored one and missed one yesterday

It was Wolves at Molineaux and although they are not a top team they can give many sides a tough time of it at Molineaux and so it proved with Newcastle in that second half.

But we also don’t want to take credit away from the Newcastle  players who doggedly saw the game out towards the end of the second half, and yes we had a bit of luck, but the lads probably earned that luck.

There’s no way we are going to get carried away by being a top four side this year, with the team currently 2 points ahead of Chelsea in 3rd place and Chelsea playing at Bolton today.

But a  top eight finish would be terrific and Newcastle must try to keep picking points up in every single game because if Newcastle can get into Europe next season and finish in a respectable top eight position we’ll be able to attract better players next summer.

Alan Pardew is still thinking about avoiding relegation, which puts a nice little bit of reality on things:

“We still have 25 points to go before we reach our first target but to get 15 from our first seven matches is a great achievement.”

Mick McCarthy, just like Steve Kean of Blackburn last week blamed the referee for the defeat, but Newcastle should have won by more than the 3-1 last week,  and Blackburn were just hopeless yesterday in a 4-0 defeat at home to Manchester City.

Why their Indian owners sacked Sam Allardyce last November and replaced him with Steve Kean, who’s a good man,  but has never managed a club before, we’ll never know – but it was a disastrous decision for the club.

And Mick McCarthy yesterday had a much better case than Kean had last week, and Wolves were unlucky, there’s no doubt about that.

But we’re certainly not going to apologize for winning the game yesterday, after Newcastle scored two class goals and Ba should have made it 3-0 after 65 minutes when he was clean through with just the goalkeeper to beat.

And we just wonder with the relegation sides, and we hope Newcastle are not one of them, how many times the referee will be the reason for a defeat.  It never seems to be anything to do with the fact they are not a good team.

Newcastle have done great in this first part of the season, that’s all we can say – and long may it continue.

Just think what Newcastle could be like when we get French International Ben Arfa and Italian International 20 year-old Davide Santon  integrated into the side.

While we may not have the great strength in depth of the Manchester sides or Chelsea, Dan Gosling and other good players cannot make the bench at Newcastle at the moment, so the squad is a lot stronger than it was last year.

Howay The Lads!!

17 comments so far

  • Incentino

    Oct 2, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #1

    I think any kind of possibility to qualify for a continental cup would be fantastic.


    Oct 2, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Fulham will be playing their 18th game of the season this weekend because of Europa…do we really want that in our current situation

    Dunno about the rest of you but when Ba, Best and Colo went down yesterday my heart was in my throat

  • ~~San-Toon~~

    Oct 2, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #3


    Only when Colo got a knock….

    We atleast have cover for either Ba/Best,

    Our only other CB is injured… so if colo got injured we would have 1 fit CB….

  • ~~San-Toon~~

    Oct 2, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #4

    I can see Chelsea and Bolton drawing 1-1 Tonight.

    Sturridge to score in the first 30 minutes.
    Clint Dempsey to equalise on the 65th-75th minute.

    If Chelsea don’t get all three points, we will be sitting 3rd for Two weeks 😀

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Oct 2, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #5

    I think against Tottenham we need both Cabaye and Tiote on form because if they’re not, then Modric will dictate the play and they’ll end up controlling the game.

    I would also play Santon, just for this game against Lennon because I fear for R.Taylor against him. I would put R.Taylor back in after though because he’s earned it, but against Tottenham he’ll struggle 🙁

    I also fear for Simpson against Bale.

    On the positive side, I think Ba and Best are beginning to form a good partnership and should give their defence plenty of problems. Do you guys think maybe dropping Best and playing Ben Arfa in a deeper role to help the midfield out + help transition the play from defence to attack?

  • toonarmyuk

    Oct 2, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #6

    I think 7th is a realistic target for us in all honesty. Top six will be (in no particular order, but probably): Man Utd, Man City, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Arsenal. I think we’ll be fighting alongside Villa and Stoke.

    WWJBD (@ 2) – I’d give my right arm for us to be involved in Europa again! Would hate to have to go through Intertoto type qualification again, but if you think about it Fulham used their European qualification games as their pre-season effectively so they’ve done no more work than any team.

    If we qualified for Europe through whatever means, we would need to stengthen the squad definitely, but hopefully that’d be a push on the owner to invest a little more.

  • SpaceGhost

    Oct 2, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #7

    If we qualify for a Europa spot, it shows how far the club has progress. It will be good for the younger players to gain valuable continental experience esp. for Sammy, Vukic, Abeid, Soderberg, Ferguson, Airey, Donaldson, Richardson.

    Also it forces Ashley’s grubby hands to add more players to the squad.

  • cyprus

    Oct 2, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #8


    ++ 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.

    23cyprus // Oct 2, 2011 at 8:36 AM

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

    Hope Chelsea draws today!

  • Cheick and Bake

    Oct 2, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #9

    @4 i think dempsey plays for fulham


    Oct 2, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #10

    ireland heading into RWC quarter finals and could be heading for aa semi-final showdown with england

  • Cheick and Bake

    Oct 2, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #11

    i really think we have a chance to outplay tottenham in our next game

  • nden85

    Oct 2, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #12

    watched the game yesterday and although i was pleased with the 3 points, it was glaringly obvious some of the performances weren’t good enough. simpon is awful, raylor is not a left back, obertan is a complete pussy, ba has poor work rate.

    team for spurs


    raylor – saylor – colo – santon

    marv – cabaye – tiote – jonas




    Oct 2, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #13

    True but Europa campaigns are aimed at winning where as pre season are really just a kick around that no one cares about the result

    Tackles are rarely full on in friendlies. I would be happy with Europa if we were to buy back up players in Jan and the summer but let’s face it we won’t

    San Toon
    Who do u consider to be back up for Ba/Best mate? Am struggling with that one


    Oct 2, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #14

    I think Simmo had a good game yesterday got forward when he was meant to and stood strong when defending…Obertan hung him out to dry a few times that’s all


    Oct 2, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #15

    @ san-toon i think there might be an enquiry if clint dempsey scores for bolton against chelsea cos he plays for fulham!

  • Toon73

    Oct 2, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #16

    Watched the game last night (12am kick off here in Sydney!) and was impressed at our resilience more than anything. How many times have you seen us in that situation and cough up a lead?? I’m reserved at the moment but loving our start to the season…much props to Pards he’s done a fantastic job with the squad so far.

  • weg

    Oct 3, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #17

    I’m pleased with the start we’ve had this season. It has far outweighed all of our expectations. To stay in the top eight the team has to stay fully focussed. The quality in our team is not quite up to that of Man U, Man C and Chelsea, but concentration, belief and team unity is what will keep us up there. Spurs and Liverpool are the teams breathing down our necks at the moment and once Arsenal pull themselves together, they have the quality to get up there too.
    If our boys can keep it together, we can compete for a top six spot. Also, the January tranfer window could be make or break for our top six hopes.


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