Tim Krul has it right when he says today that Newcastle have to win their next two games.
Tim Krul – already one of the best keepers in the Premier League
Those games are both at home, and against teams that are lower in the league then us – and therefore that means Newcastle have to win both games.
The games are against Wolves and Sunderland, and it’s a chance to get a double over Sunderland this season, which we would have had last season, but for an injury time equalizer by the home side at the Stadium of Light last January.
That’s when Steve Bruce ran up the touch-line like a mad-man, and you would have thought they had just won the FA Cup or something.
What they had done is managed to equalize against Newcastle at home, just before the end of the game, and therefore avoided being beaten twice by Newcastle in that one season – some success.
But Steve is no longer the Sunderland manager, and Martin O’ Neil is the new boss, and the Irishman is an excellent manager, and he’ll have Sunderland ready for that game, and we know it will not be easy.
But goalkeeper Tim Krul, who has been massive for Newcastle this season, certainly has the right attitude:
“We’ve got two home games and they are massive.” “Someone like Tottenham away is not a fixture you have to win – Wolves and Sunderland at home are very different. “
“They are the ones, and if we win those then we are back up where we have been all season.” “You can’t look too far ahead, but if we can win the next two then we are massively on target for a top-ten finish.”
“We’ve had a little hiccup at Spurs and that is a shame, but there are some massive games coming up and we need to get two good results.” “It was a good opportunity for us to test ourselves against a big team, but it was a big off-day for us.”
“We were outclassed by a top, top team and we just have to accept that.” “But we just have to step over it like we have done already this season.”
“We followed up the defeat at Fulham with two massive league wins, and hopefully we can do that again against Wolves and Sunderland.”
“I didn’t look at the table after Saturday’s game, but when I looked earlier this week – I only then realised that we are still one point off the Champions League places.”
“With 13 games to go that is incredible and just shows you how well we are doing.” “We have to crack on now. We have got a little time to recover, come out of the blocks against Wolves next Saturday and then push on for the final 13 games.”
It will be very interesting come the evening of Sunday, March 4th, to see just how many points we will have managed to take out of the next two home games.
6 points and we’ll surely be riding high in the league and probably even in 4th place, and that will auger well for the 11 league games still to go – and even if we manage 4 points that will have been a decent return.
But anything less than that and we’ll have lost some valuable points.
But first things first, and the next step is to get all 3 points against Wolves in nine days time, and then if we can do the double over Sunderland the following weekend, then things will be looking up – again.
And they could be rocking in the Bigg Market.
Howay The Lads!!