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Newcastle Could Qualify For Europe Next Season

12:25 pm, Friday, October 7th, 2011 by Ed Harrison · 16 Comments

Newcastle can still boast the best defense of any team in the football league at the moment, having conceded just four goals in the league this season, in their seven games.

Steven Taylor – it’s all about team spirit

And part of that is due to the form of 25 year-old Steven Taylor, who is forging a massive partnership with captain Fabricio Coloccini at the heart of the Newcastle defense.

But the news at Newcastle these days, is that the team has some fantastic team spirit, and that’s another big reason for Newcastle’s solid start to the season, at least so far.

Steven was asked what the reason was for Newcastle’s fine start to the season, and he told Sky Sports News:

“It is just team spirit and determination. The gaffer has built up a winning mentality with the lads.”

“In pre-season in America we all sat down and knew what our targets were, but for the time being we are taking it a game at a time and it is working for us.”

“It is fantastic playing with Coloccini. He leads by example and I think his performances have been fantastic this season,”  “Also Tim Krul some of the saves he has made – that’s why he is in the Holland squad.”

“His confidence has gone straight through the roof and that has gone all the way to the strikers. Leon Best, Demba Ba, SholaAmeobi and Peter Lovenkrands are scoring goals and it gives the gaffer a headache and I think that’s what you need.”

The pre-season tour of America was not that successful, with Ben Arfa being injured in that very first game after only 30 minutes, but if course the lads were also just getting to know each other.

But the team has looked very good so far this season, and while we doubt we can keep in 4th place for too much longer, if the lads can get in a top eight position by next May, it will have been a very good season for Newcastle.

And who knows, with just a little bit of luck, we may even be able to qualify for Europe next season, and finishing high up in the league will let us do that, and of course there’s always the Carling Cup.

That’s how a poor Birmingham side qualified last season, and the club is now in Europe,  even though they are in the English second division, the Championship,  under new manager Chris Hughton.

There’s also the FA Cup, but the top clubs tend to play their first teams in that competition, and that makes it that much more difficult to win – spoilsports.

Comments welcome.



Tags: European Competition · Newcastle News · Steven Taylor





16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 bambams // Oct 7, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    would love to see it

  • 2 bambams // Oct 7, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    bloody hell 1st for the first time.

    Life is good for toon fans at this moment in time, long may it continue- god knows we have had some crap our way over the last couple of years

  • 3 bambams // Oct 7, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    i see Rooney is gutted to get sent off tonight in the 32nd minute…Think about it……

  • 4 Shorzy // Oct 7, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Wo wo hang on, are we doing the typical Newcastle fan over excitement here?? We’re barely into the season Ed, lets just keep doing what we’re doing and see where we are after Christmas then and only then can we start thinking this isn’t just a fluke or the fixture list being kind to us………..Soz to be all serious lads but the next thing we’ll be seeing is the Chronicle printing ‘Strolla Issues warcry to Man u’…….Lets just keep it low key and hope we don’t any any injuries. Seriousness over, rant done…..

  • 5 Toon_Jock // Oct 7, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Lets make sure SJP is a sell out against Spurs – and we’ll give them something to think about when we beat them 7-1 again :)

  • 6 Unbroken1 // Oct 7, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Finally we have a period of quiet progress, the press writing about us for the right reasons, little evidence of individual egos having a detrimental effect on the team for the first time in ages. The typical, lazy perception of the Newcastle fan’s ‘unrealistic expectations’ finally being reined-in… do we really need headlines like this? its the beginning of October FFS

  • 7 cla5hb0y68 // Oct 7, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Hold your horses, it’s no wonder others call us deluded with articles like this. We’re yet to play any team of any real quality, so let’s just wait until after christmas to see where we are in the league eh?

  • 8 Shorzy // Oct 7, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    @ cla5hb0y68

    Eaxactly what I’m saying geezer. How many times have we done this to be shot down to the delight of the countrys press and rival fans. Hopefully, if we can keep a lid on it and go about our business with no drama or bravado then we might exceed all of our expectations……here’s hoping

  • 9 PHOENIXNIGHTS // Oct 7, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    @7 totally agree mate – lets see what the usual bloggers say when we lose three in a row then draw two!!!!
    We are playing well (the defensive side is a pleasant change) We are getting the run of the ball on a few occasions but hey thats football. Very happy with the state of things at the moment and would love a top eight finish.
    Keep the Faith

  • 10 JAMSHA // Oct 7, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    SholaAmeobi and Peter Lovenkrands are scoring goals and it gives the gaffer a headache and I think that’s what you need.”

    lol

  • 11 craig bell // Oct 7, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    find it funny that people say we are yet to play a team of real quality. aresnal’s form might be bad there there still a quality team, and we took a point from them. villa away is hardly a walk in the park either

  • 12 wynsleap // Oct 7, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    craig bell – 11
    I agree and going to the Stadium of Plight and getting 3 points off the Mackems wasn’t a doddle either.
    Those media favourites, the aggressive and difficult to beat Stoke City, couldn’t do it.

  • 13 shamsoftabriz // Oct 7, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Okay, let’s tone this down a bit. Nothing brings on a jinx like overconfidence.

  • 14 wynsleap // Oct 7, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Don’t think its over confidence shamsoftabriz, but I hate to see the clubs efforts denigrated just because we happen to have done a damn sight better than most people (or media) expected.
    I realise that the club will fall down a few notches from where they are currently but in the meantime they should be giving credit for their achievements.

  • 15 cyprus // Oct 7, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    Ameobi scoring goals??

  • 16 Toon_Jock // Oct 7, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Positive things happen to positive people, simple as…. and the team & management staff seem very positive indeed, and I believe in them more than I have for years!

    So proud of everything they have achieved thus far, and long may it continue….

    TOON TOON




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