Newcastle Potentially As Good As Anybody In European Football


Newcastle have the chance to stay high up in the league this season, and it’s important to pick up maximum points from the lesser sides of the league.

Roberto Martinez – on the sidelines yesterday – thinks!

Newcastle have a tough string of games coming up with the next six opponents being Stoke, Everton, the two Manchester clubs (United then City), Chelsea and Norwich in that order, and they are all in the top half of the table.

And it will be interesting to see how many points Newcastle can take from those matches.

Probably the top six clubs at the moment in England are the two Manchester clubs, Chelsea Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham, although they are not all in the top six at the moment with Newcastle having gate-crashed the party,   and it’s  a challenge for Newcastle to break though into that kind of company this season.

Certainly the lads have made a good start to the season and are in 4th position above Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal at the moment.

Wigan’s manager Roberto Martinez says the top six are much better than the other 14 sides, and that Newcastle will need to earn their place among the big boys, but that they are potentially as good as any team in Europe – what?

“You need to earn that,” “Everyone can see Newcastle are a big traditional club with a massive support and they have a special environment in which to play their football.”

“It will only be a matter of time before they’re in the top six but you’re talking about teams who have been playing in the Champions League for six or seven years and have invested huge sums of money.”

“Newcastle are in the process of doing that, but potentially they’re as good as anybody in European football. At the moment there are six clubs ahead of everyone else, and in football terms it’s very difficult to build those bridges.”

“The gap between fourth, Newcastle’s current position and 20th, Wigan’s current position (they’re now 19th) is huge. The gap between 8th and 20th is very small.

There are six football clubs who work in a different dimension in terms of resources, pattern of play, but between eight and 20th there are very small margins.”

There were cries again after the game about Newcastle being lucky but manager Pardew again pointed out that’s what keeps being said about the side, but they are very tough defense to beast, and they seem to be able to take enormous
pressure without breaking.

And it took a world class save from Tim Krul to keep the clean sheet for Newcastle on Saturday, but that’s why this side is so good, because our players are performing extremely well, and Tim is rapidly becoming a first class goalkeeper for Newcastle.

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26 comments so far

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 24, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #1

    WTF ???

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 24, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #2

    Oh I was first – how sad is that ?!!

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  • Thump

    Oct 24, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #3

    Think the likes of Barca and Real might have something to say about that haha

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  • Azrail Malaysia

    Oct 24, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #4

    Shola is out for 6 weeks… I don’t know now, to feel sad or to be very happy????!!!

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  • hdavid23

    Oct 24, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #5

    he’s just tryin to make this loss more acceptable i think… losing only 1-0 against one of the best teams in Europe is not as bad as losing against an average team

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  • Stuart

    Oct 24, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #6

    We’d have Barca with our youth team man Thump haha. Messi who?

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  • Stuart

    Oct 24, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #7

    @Azrail – where’d you hear that about Shola like?

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  • Magforlife

    Oct 24, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #8

    Lets keep our feet firmly on the ground, really enjoying the limelight but not getting carried away. Some massive tests await us, Stoke to start with tin hat time for the defenders in that one.
    if we continue at thia pace Ashley will have bids on all our players to deal with. No doubt the press will sell everone to the bin rackers 🙂

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  • ginkoh

    Oct 24, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #9

    Wigan is not joke. They’re well-management team under Martinez yesterday. You need something world class to break them and Cabaye goal is special one.

    Yes we have some luck around but it’s not enough, you need quality to win the game too and I’m really surprise how good we are now.

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  • Super Simmo Strikes Again

    Oct 24, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #11

    Ameobi injured after a few mins on the pitch… lols… Don’t even remember him getting tackled…

    Was a bit worried that the article was about Sammy….

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  • dublin mag steve

    Oct 24, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #12

    strolla out for four to six weeks with a hamstring injury

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  • Super Simmo Strikes Again

    Oct 24, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #13

    Btw, was wondering why Pardew always takes Best/Ba or both off?

    Personally i would have kept atleast Best on the field for the 90 mins, he had a few class touches in the first half, and put in an amazing cross for Guttierez, who scoffed it…

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  • Azrail Malaysia

    Oct 24, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #14

    twitter @leeryder

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  • dublin mag steve

    Oct 24, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #15

    @ super simmo maybe pardew thaught as i did, that besty was getting very frustrated and that stupid very late classic strikers tackle was a sign to get him off for the fear of being sent for an early bath.

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  • Stuart

    Oct 24, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #16

    ‘You need something world class to break Wigan’

    You mean the team that has lost their last 6 games? Hell my pub team could’ve beat them haha.

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  • toonincheek

    Oct 24, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #17

    Sounds like Ameobi didn’t stretch and warm up properly.

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  • Azrail Malaysia

    Oct 24, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #18

    Ameobi is a squad player.. more as a super sub..! To lose him, meant we lost an option on a stiker can be a target man, who can win headers (sometimes at least) & shield or hold on the ball for the midfielders to attck!. But most of the time, I do dislike his theatical behaviour! 1st to tell about Shola though..

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  • sith

    Oct 24, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #20

    we surely miss ameobi, hope another ameobi will cover for him..

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  • dublin mag steve

    Oct 24, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #21

    @sith you do read other peoples comments dont you!

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  • sith

    Oct 24, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #22

    sorry mate, forget to refresh..
    any news about steven taylor’s broken nose?

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  • Stuart

    Oct 24, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #23

    its broken haha

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  • jakesome

    Oct 24, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #24

    taylors a tough lad im sure he’ll want to play on wes but will probs get rested

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  • jakesome

    Oct 24, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #25

    weds*

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  • LEROI

    Oct 24, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #26

    I hope young Sammy gets his big bro’s spot on the the bench for the next 4-6 wks. I have alot of faith that Sammy will come through as a top nippy striker even though he’s 6ft odd and people that have seen him climbing the ranks have mentioned he’s really a left winger!

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