After Newcastle’s poor run of form lately, in which they gained just two points in six games, it was good to get the 2-0 win at Bolton.
Davide Santon – could return on Friday at Liverpool
And it turns out the latest fixtures that took place on Boxing Day and yesterday produced only three winners – Manchester United won 5-0 at home to Wigan, Newcastle won 2-0 at Bolton and yesterday Tottenham won 2-0 at Norwich, and all seven other fixtures ended up as low score draws.
The draws were either games in which no goals were scored or 1-1, so in the latest round of fixtures Newcastle gained 2 points on 16 teams in the Premier League – that’s one way to look at it.
And Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool, who are some of the teams above Newcastle in the league, all dropped two points on the Magpies.
When you look at the league table Newcastle are on 30 points from 18 games in 7th place, and Chelsea are in 4th place on 34 points, and Newcastle are 8 points better off than at the same stage last year.
So the amazing thing is that even with a poor run of results recently, Newcastle are still only 4 points off a European Champions League position.
Just think where Newcastle could have been if we had put only a reasonable run of results together over the last seven games.
And now the game at Liverpool becomes a little more important on Friday night, as Newcastle could go 6th with a win over Liverpool which would take us 2 points about the five time European Champions and level on points with Arsenal, who could only draw 1-1 at home to Wolves yesterday.
The other good news for Newcastle is that apart from Steven Taylor being out for the season, Newcastle now have an almost clean bill of health.
Mike Williamson showed he is a valuable player for the side on Monday with a solid display on his return to the side, and Dan Gosling is back from his three match ban after being sent off at Norwich City.
We haven’t won at Anfield since 1994, so that tells us we are due a win there, but it should be a cracker of a game now we can again defend again.
Davide Santon is fit and could start the game on Friday night in place of Ryan Taylor, and Hatem Ben Arfa has to be close to getting a start up front alongside Demba Ba and in place of Leon Best.
Things are looking surprisingly good for Newcastle, even after a poor run of results, and a win on Friday would just be fantastic.
Howay The Lads!!