Newcastle Flying High – If We Can Win Next Two Home Games

Even though we are out of the FA Cup and it was difficult to watch the game yesterday,  Newcastle fans are still in for an exciting time through the end of this season.

Paul Bracewell shown with two pals at Gosforth racecourse in 2010

With Newcastle on 42 points from their 25 games,  we are just 4 points short of our overall total for last season, so we will see significant improvement this season.

Exactly where in the league we will finish in mid-May is debatable, but if we can make it to a Europa League position that would be just great.

And we have to have a chance to do that, if the lads can show some of their best form through then last 13 games of this season, starting on Saturday at home to Wolves.

Paul Bracewell played for Kevin Keegan at Newcastle from 1992 through 1995 and he has come out today and said he thinks Newcastle can indeed qualify for European competition:

“I’m sure they sat down at the start of the season, like most Premier League clubs, and their first aim was to avoid relegation.”

“But if you can keep winning and keep turning performances out it creates a bit of momentum, and the fans will help to carry that on.”

“Everybody’s thinking, ‘Where are we going to finish?’ but I don’t see any reason why Newcastle can’t qualify for Europe after the start they’ve made to the season.”

“If they do that then things could really take off, just like they did when I joined the club in the Second Division in 1992.”

“The commitment you show sort of projects onto the terraces, and vice versa. The fans will back you all the way.”  

“I think there’s still more to come from this Newcastle team.”

Paul joined Newcastle from Sunderland and played three seasons and 77 times for Newcastle, before he rejoined Sunderland in 1995, but left to rejoin Kevin Keegan at Fulham in 1997.

If Newcastle can win at home against Wolves ion Saturday, that will stand us in very good stead for the next game at home to Sunderland.

If we can win both those games we will be flying high, that’s for sure.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • ToonHeart

    Feb 20, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #1

    Any guesses on where we will end up at the end of the season?
    In reality I think it will be 6th-7th.. but it could be alot betetr if we get the luck we had in previous games this season…. what do you think?

  • Eastander

    Feb 20, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #2


    I’m getting a little worried the way the FA cups going, we need a Chelsea vs Spurs final or were going to have to be 5th to get into Europe…

  • jayphoto

    Feb 20, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #3

    I think it all depends on how we do at arsenal in a few weeks! If we get a win then I can see us pushing on for 5th but if we get turned over like at spurs then maybe 7th! realistically liverpool, arsenal and chelsea have much bigger squads than us and its great that we’re competing with them!
    Eastender, if liverpool win the carling cup then a liverpool v chelsea or liverpool v spurs final would be enough aswell!

  • Beattie25

    Feb 20, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #4

    Jayphoto you spout more shit than a burst sewage pipe at the sadism of shite

  • JackButler

    Feb 20, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Agent Bruce 4/7 on to take over at Wolves 🙂

  • jayphoto

    Feb 20, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #6

    beattie25 – keyboard warrior mate, battle someone else, i canny be bothered with ya

  • jimmymagpie

    Feb 20, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #7

    I’ll whisper it, but I think the mackems have a great chance of going all the way in the cup. I’m also more than a bit worried about the upcoming derby match. O’Neill certainly has them flying, and they have 2 players who will give us a lot of trouble. McClean, if the occasion doesn’t get to him, is capable of murdering Simpson, and Sessegnon is the type of player who gives our slow moving centre backs a load of trouble – pace, good movement, and also possesses a few tricks. They’ll certainly be better prepared than in the days of agent Bruce!

  • jayphoto

    Feb 20, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #8

    jimmymagpie – that mclean is a player! sessegnon was one of my fav players in france, i was shocked they signed him for such small fee because the year before they were saying 20m for him and he was ripping lige 1 apart! Think we’ll be do well at the derby though, we usually do, not seen enough from them to think they’ll handle our strikers!

  • JackButler

    Feb 20, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #9

    jimmy – They’ve become a typical O’Neil team that work hard and are well organised but have little else. Arsenal had 72% of the possession but couldn’t find a finish, if RVP doesn’t score Arsenal don’t score.

    It’ll be a tough game for us, no doubt about that but we’ll turn them over as we always do 🙂

  • Eastander

    Feb 20, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #10

    The role Sessegnon plays in we need tiote to do a man marking job on him, if he does thats him pretty quite

  • JackButler

    Feb 20, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #11

    Valencia’s Éver Banega out for six months after running himself over with his own car 🙂

  • jimmymagpie

    Feb 20, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #12

    JB – I sincerely hope you’re right mate! We’ll look a bit stupid if they get to Wembley, when we couldn’t get passed Brighton, who were exposed yesterday for the average side they are. My worst nightmare – Cup Final day between the Mackems and Dalgleish/Carroll. It would be typical, wouldn’t it?

  • JackButler

    Feb 20, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #13

    jimmy – agree with you mate, Pardew got it totally wrong against Brighton and we paid the price by being dumped out of the cup. Sunderland v Liverpool in the final doesn’t bare thinking about 🙁

  • oo aa demba ba

    Feb 20, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #14

    In sessegnon and mclean they have two players capable of doing damage on the counter, something we’ve struggled against. Simpson needs to be on top form or mclean will absolutely destroy him, and I don’t even want to think about sessegnon running at Williamson

  • RobertLeeNo.7

    Feb 20, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #15

    I’m seriously worried about the derby.. its an average team playing on confidence and well organised with O’neill. Sessegnon is giving me nightmares O’neill will know our weakness is pace at the back and will know how to exploit it.. we will have to be compact and patient with some high tempo passing game to win this one.

    A bit worried

  • wynsleap

    Feb 20, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #16

    Much as I hate to say it, I too can see the Mackems getting to Wembley this season.
    Larsson, Sessegnon and McLean are consistently coming up with the goods but the main thing is that O’Neill seems to have brought a hard work ethic to the team that wasn’t there before and he’s also brought that touch of luck of the Irish.To give them credit they hustled and bustled Arsenal out of their game from first minute to the last in the FA Cup and they will obviously try to do the same to us.
    I don’t think they’ll freeze this time round as they have done in the past so it depends on how much we are up for it.
    Think our two Dembas are going to be the crux here.


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