Newcastle May Need To Finish In 5th Place To Qualify For Europe

Alan Pardew believes his new Newcastle team are starting to get the respect they deserve.

Alan Pardew – Newcastle getting more respect these days

Of course any more five goal humiliations that we have recently suffered at Fulham and Tottenham  could change all that, but when Newcastle have their best eleven out,  they are usually a match for any side in the Premier League.

Newcastle have a fantastic 42 points from their 25 games so far this season,  and we’ll be up to 45 points with a win tomorrow against Wolves, and that has to be the goal for this Newcastle side.

European competition could be difficult to achieve this season,  because the winners of the FA Cup could be one of those sides beneath Newcastle in the Premier League, and that would mean that we would need to finish in 5th place to qualify for the Europa League.

And that has to be the real target through the end of this season – qualifying for Europe – make no mistake about that.

Only Chelsea and Tottenham are still in the FA Cup, and it would take a win by one of those London clubs to make 6th place a qualifying position for the Europa League next season – so it could be very difficult if  Tottenham or Chelsea don’t win the Cup.

Alan thinks Newcastle are now getting some respect from the other teams:

“I have noticed a different attitude towards us,” “There is a definite feeling of ‘This is a good side we are playing against, we have to be on it’. Spurs were very much there, you could sense that.”

“They came out to show us. They know we are a good team and they were going to try to rip into us but I think other teams who have not got the power of Spurs are going to come and be resilient against us.”

“Wolves will be that and I expect the game after Sunderland to be like that. So we have to make sure we are good enough to find a way through and not be exposed to the break.”

“It is a compliment but I think you would look at us and say we have some match winners and if you have match winners in your team, you have to be on your guard.

Last time out Harry Redknapp and his players were definitely a little concerned about Newcastle, but the London side started the game like a steam train and were 4-0 up in 34 minutes, so when Newcastle don’t turn up for games these days that’s what we should expect.

Anybody watching Newcastle play Manchester Untried early in the year will have seen a team that simply outplayed the Premier League Champions and in Demba Ba Newcastle had a player that Manchester just couldn’t handle at all.

We’re hoping the lads can show some of that form tomorrow, and if we can then we can take all 3 points against Wolves – and that would be a good start at recovering following that 5-0 demolition.

Then we’d have to smash Sunderland in the next game to get that goal difference improved.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Feb 24, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #1

    @FloridaToon (last thread)
    Not much to do i suppose, but given APs usual tendencys, u’d expect him to start Guthrie, and put either Cabs or Tiote on the bench.
    Imo Guthrie and Cabs are quite similar, so i would expect Tiote and Guthrie in the middle.
    But it looks like it’ll be Cabs and Tiote.
    Make no mistake, they’re the best people for the job overall. Still, it is a slight oddity, but again, i understand his reasons for it.

  • lee1892

    Feb 24, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #2

    Liverpool are also in the FA Cup Ed so if say Liverpool and Spurs get into the final then that would open it upto top 6. Also if liverpooll win the League cup and fail to make it into the champs league it opens up another spot in the league.

    Then you also have man utd/city in the europa league and if they win maybe that opens up another spot.

    I defo think we get there if we finish somewhere within the current top 7.

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 24, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #3

    I remember Guthrie and tiote playing in MID Field against WBA away and guthrie was awful and got strechered off.

    he has improved though

  • jayphoto

    Feb 24, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #4

    Looks like pards will drop Guthrie and bring back tiote and cabaye! I think they are untouchable in our team when both fit as they compliment eachother so well! We won’t lose luke we did against spurs with.both of them playing

  • FloridaToon

    Feb 24, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #5


    Only way I see around it is a 4-3-3, with all three in the middle but then that leaves Guti out. Sucks having to make these decisions but also good that we have them.

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 24, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #6

    PPL here say that we have a thin squad for Europa league, may i remind that if we qualify i can see ashley bringing 2-3 more players than whats required

    and also youngsters may also get involved ala Tottendamm, they nearly got through


    Feb 24, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #7

    Lets be honest Guthrie is a squad player not a starter for us, harsh I know but true. If he leaves in the summer then we have Gosling, Vuckic and Abied all willing to take his place as 3rd choice.

    On top of that there are apparently plans to get another CM in for the summer by all accounts. If he goes good luck to him hope he finds a club where he is the star CM but overall for us he hasen’t done much until recently injury plagued and has put in some horrible performances when fit

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 24, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #8


    You forgot PERCH

  • jayphoto

    Feb 24, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #9

    indian- I agree, abeid, vuckic, Ferguson, perch, Guthrie, best, ameobi, obertan, Williamson, this amalfitano if he signs are all players who won’t be first choice next season and that’s before we’ve signed any1! If we use it as a chance to blood youngsters and keep fringe players competitive itl be useful! Different story if we nab 4th place tho, reckon wed struggle to cope with ECL!


    Feb 24, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #10

    Indian Magpie
    Aye true Perch has been in and around the first team recently and put in some good squad player performances

  • FatmanJoe

    Feb 24, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #11

    I’m not supersticious but I saw a number plate the other day HBA 2502. To me that means our man of flair will get a hat trick whether he starts or not.

    To me it’s pretty obvious cabaye and tiote will start tomorrow but I wouldn’t be surprised if fergie gets the nod ahead of guti. He’s looked pretty tired in recent weeks and alan might want to see if the boy can do much starting against a weaker opponent.

    On Guthrie, when he plays well he looks the business and I’d have no qualms about him being a squad player next season esp with more games we’ll be playing.

  • Colo-Sus

    Feb 24, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #12

    So the HBA debate…

    If Pards is going to play hi best team??

    Does Hatem feature.. He has been telling the players all week that hes going to play his ”best ” team.

    What will HBA’S reaction be if he finds out he is not in this ”best” team….

    Interesting one….


    Feb 24, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #13

    Terry Connor appointed as Wolves manager until end of the season. Wolves owners have to be red faced doing this

  • jayphoto

    Feb 24, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #14

    Colo sus- no he shdnt! He’s 1 of the best players but the team is stronger with Taylor on the right ! He shd cm.on after 60 mins tho

  • FatmanJoe

    Feb 24, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #15

    His best Team at the moment Inc HBA but only a role where he has able players behind him. I’ve seen that cisse will start but in my opinion hba should start ahead of him partnered with ba. With cabaye and tiote behind him there will be no issues.

    I think whatever team they put out we’ll win. Wolves are ruddlerless and their team is mostly average. I hope they go down – we can nick jarvis that way.

  • Crawfordladd17

    Feb 24, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #16

    I dont think so because Liverpool will most likely beat Cardiff and will finish in top 7.
    While I think either Liverpool,Chelsea and Tottenham will win the Cup,prefely Liverpool because they already won a cup and the fact they wont be in the top 4 and if it is Liverpool vs Mackems for example Liverpool win, Mackems dont get in Europe 🙂
    Which means 5th 6th 7th get in

    Tbh I predict
    1.Man City
    2.Man United
    4.Chelsea(just because experience)
    8.Swansea(surprising I know)
    9.Sunderland 🙁 want lower
    12.Fulham(could do better)
    14.Bolton(good run will keep them up)
    16.Aston Villa(draw too many is y they r down there)


    Feb 25, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #17

    It aint over till the Fat Lady Sings!

    We were relegation candidates when we came back up from the Championship!

    Now we are talking about 4th and a CL spot!

    Heady days!


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