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.