Newcastle’s next two games are at the two Manchester clubs, who happen to be the two clubs above them in the Premier League.
Alan Pardew – has done gerat so far at Newcastle
Both games are away so it’s hard to think of any more difficult games there will be for the lads this season.
But Newcastle will finish in the top ten or even higher, not if they can beat the top four or five teams in the league, but if it can beat the other 14 or 15 teams.
Newcastle have proved with their wins at both Sunderland and Wolves, who are two teams in the category of teams Newcastle should be beating, that they have improved this season.
And their home form has also been good so far, and they have wins against Fulham, Blackburn, Wigan and Everton at St. James’ Park.
So one way to look at Newcastle’s start to the season, is to say they are beating the lesser teams in the league, and the only time they have not won in the league at home this season is to top side Tottenham.
So that has to be very pleasing for Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, and even if the lads don’t get any joy out of their next three games at the Manchester clubs and Chelsea, all will not be lost – not at all.
Starting in the next game at Norwich, and then at home against Swansea and WBA, Newcastle should be able to take points off those lower league teams.
To finish off this year Newcastle are away to Bolton and Liverpool, and those are again games in which Newcastle can take some points off the opposition.
With Newcastle currently 3rd in the league, and 6 points above 6th placed Liverpool, the goal for the rest of this year has to be to pick up enough points to remain in the top six.
Then with say three or even more new players brought in during the January transfer window, Newcastle can bolster their squad for the remaining games of the season, and be better equipped to handle injuries and any loss of form to the starters at the club.
Oh yes, and there’s always the FA Cup.
The lads must have every chance to not only finish in the top ten, which is the stated goal of the club, but potentially finish higher than that.
So we all know the next three games are difficult, but even three defeats will still leave Newcastle in a good position in the league, and it will then be important for the team to to push on from there.
The team is getting some great write-ups worldwide, and there was an excellent article in the NY Times yesterday, where the writer talks about Newcastle being a special club, and how proud the Newcastle fans are about their team, and always have been.
So my point in this article is that even in the worst case, and we lose all of the next three games, all is not lost this season by a long chalk, and our lads must push on whatever happens.
Of course Alan Pardew is not only looking forward to the next three games, but he just cannot wait to pit his side against three of the best teams in Europe.
Somehow I don’t think our boys will lose all those games, and they could surprise us big time, like they have for most of this season, and make no mistake about it, it’s not an overstatement to say the world is now watching.
We’re proud of the team – very proud.
Howay The Lads!!